A career in agriculture, horticulture or forestry can be very rewarding and fulfilling. You will have an opportunity to develop a lifestyle which competes very favourably with other professions, particularly with regard to quality of life and job satisfaction.
You can now complete your training in one of the eight Teagasc colleges, at a local training centre or on line through our new Teagasc eCollege facility. This flexibility allows some students to pursue an off-farm job or an apprenticeship while completing their training programme.
The Agri-Food Industry remains one of Ireland's most important indigenous industries. Over 100,000 people are employed in Ireland's agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors.
If you are interested in this sector your local Teagasc centre is the perfect contact point for advice.
Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and education services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bio-economy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.
Denis works as an Assistant Farm Manager just outside Cork. He comes from an agricultural background and completed the Advanced Certificate in Farm Management course run by Teagasc and certified by FETAC.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
Start @ 6:30 milking, feeding calves, checking cattle & complete all feeding & routine tasks by 11.
Non routine work varies with the seasons & is completed each day between 11am & 4pm.
The current spring tasks include calving cows, ploughing, slurry & fertiliser application, fencing & straw bedding cattle.
Updating the paperwork end of the business also takes quiet a while.
The evening routine replicates the morning routine & is completed between 4-6pm.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What's not so cool?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
Generally I chose well & wouldn't change my choices. I started off studying Agricultural Science & Engineering for the Leaving Cert. which were both a help.
I attended Pallaskenry & Kildalton Agricultural colleges on route to completing the A.C.F.M. Course.
I also completed various stints of work placements.
What is your education to date?
I successfully completed my Leaving Cert. followed by the FETAC Level 3 Agriculture course and in 2006 I also completed the Advanced Cert. in Farm Management run by FETAC & Teagasc.
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?