Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aoife Mc Dermott

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Department of Education and Skills

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Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Higher Education - (3 & 4)


Courses at third level are offered mostly by Universities (7 colleges), Institutes of Technology (14 colleges), the Colleges of Education (5 colleges), and independent Private colleges.  The first three are substantially State funded and take part in the government free fees scheme, whereas Private colleges are all fee paying.

Ed Zone 3 Courses

These courses are two-year programmes leading to a Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6). They are run mostly in the 14 Institutes of Technology around the country and in many PLC Colleges as a second year after completion of a Level 5 Award.

On completion, participants can:

  • enter directly into employment, or
  • continue on to an Ordinary (Level 7)  or Honours Degree (Level 8) in a related sector.

Ed Zone 4 Courses

These courses last  three to four years (full-time) and lead to an Ordinary (NFQ Level 7) or Honours (NFQ Level 8) Degree.

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Application to undergraduate (first time) entry third level courses is done through the CAO.

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Note:
 Mature students (over 23 years) can apply to CAO even if they do not have a Leaving Certificate. There are many university access programmes available that support mature students to progress into degree programmes within the universities. For further information about access courses, contact HEA www.hea.ie or phone 1890 200637.

Some interesting facts about Third Level education in Ireland:

Third Level Stats