Three organisations currently provide forestry education and skills training courses in Ireland. These courses are full time, and are aimed at preparing students for a career in the forestry sector.
11.5% of Ireland is under forest, supporting a vibrant and export-oriented forest products sector. The forest industry comprising, growing, harvesting and processing of forest products makes a significant and growing contribution to the Irish economy.
You have options available in Ireland to study forestry at all levels, for one to four years. Start by reading the information provided on the courses in Teagasc, UCD and WIT.
Linda Coghlan works as a Forester with The Forestry Company. Her job includes mapping; felling licence applications; reporting and management plans.
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?
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
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What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
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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?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
For women considering a career in forestry, the physical ability required is more fitness and technique rather than strength. If you enjoy variability in your working day; being part of an industry which is not yet hitting its prime; the great outdoors; a love of nature and peaceful surroundings then forestry is for you.
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Ability to engage with clients in a professional and knowledgeable manner. Being motivated enough to design your own daily tasks in order to get the work completed as well as being a productive member of staff. To fill in your own knowledge gaps, if there is something you are working on and don’t know then research it and find the answer.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?