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Enterprising?

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Careers Advice

Careers Advice

What advice do you have for school leavers?

The industry is quite competitive and those with a further qualification post-secondary school will be at an advantage. Some of the Marine Institute entry-level positions require a minimum of a leaving certificate (or equivalent) qualification, with others requiring a third level certificate/degree.

The course type you should choose will depend on the area of the industry you are interested in. A general Marine Science degree is a broad qualification, which incorporates a number of areas, while for example those that may have a specific interest in hydrography/ geology should seek a more specialist degree.

An overview of the variety of careers and related courses can be found in the Oceans of Opportunity brochure:

What advice do you have for graduates?

As mentioned above the industry is becoming more and more competitive. Many employees of the Marine Institute are qualified to Masters and PhD level. If you are passionate about the area that you have initially qualified in and would like to develop a career in that area pursuing a higher qualification will only add to your employability.

Another option, rather than moving directly back into education, would be to seek work experience to get a feel for the career and develop further skills in the area. Many companies offer the opportunity of graduate/voluntary work experience programmes/ internships – demonstrated work experience in the field is a distinct advantage and great for development of skills and knowledge. On completion of this the option is the always there to then pursue further studies.

Careers advice including volunteering and work experience programmes available in the industry can be found in the Oceans of Opportunity Careers Brochure (pg. 31 - 35):

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What advice do you have for career changers?

Those that are looking to make the move into the marine industry should look to initially gain a qualification related to the area they are branching in to.

Within the Marine Institute there has recently been a needs requirement across the majority of the service areas, which included analytical laboratory based positions, fisheries scientists involved in sea based surveys and those with specialist IT capabilities.

Initially, find an area that you are interested in and passionate about, research this career and identify where and how you need to upskill to give yourself the opportunity to get a start.

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What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?

Those that are looking to make the move into the marine industry should look to initially gain a qualification related to the area they are branching in to.

Within the Marine Institute there has recently been a needs requirement across the majority of the service areas, which included analytical laboratory based positions, fisheries scientists involved in sea based surveys and those with specialist IT capabilities.

Initially, find an area that you are interested in and passionate about, research this career and identify where and how you need to upskill to give yourself the opportunity to get a start.

An overview of the variety of careers, related courses and skills required can be found in the Oceans of Opportunity brochure