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Faces of the Sea Patricia Wilson, Fish Health Unit
Posted by Marine Institute

Faces of the Sea Patricia Wilson, Fish Health Unit

As an Administrator in the Marine Institute’s Fish Health Unit, Patricia Wilson deals with the health of fish and shellfish and the prevention and control of certain aquatic diseases. Patricia studied marine biology at Queen’s University Belfast, before completing a Masters in Environmental Management at Ulster

A Career in Horticulture
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A Career in Horticulture

‘The glory of gardening: Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is not just to feed the body but the soul.’ – Alfred Austin. A career in horticulture can lead to a varied and fulfilling career for someone who has

Public Health Nurse - Michael Power
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Public Health Nurse - Michael Power

One of the main attractions of becoming a public health nurse for Micheal Power was the opportunity to look after patients in their own homes and communities. “Public health nursing gives you an opportunity to work as an autonomous practitioner with the support of your nursing colleagues and the

Aodhán Fitzgerald - Research Vessel Operations
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Aodhán Fitzgerald - Research Vessel Operations

For the past 13 years, Aodhán Fitzgerald, Research Vessel Operations Manager at the Marine Institute has been coordinating the operations of Ireland’s two research vessels, the RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager . Growing up beside the sea in West Kerry, Aodhán spent his

Career Profile - Hydrographer
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Career Profile - Hydrographer

Vera Quinlan works at the Marine Institute, and is involved in Ireland’s seabed mapping programme, INFOMAR. As a hydrographer ,  Vera’s career and sense of adventur has taken her around the world. Vera says she has always had a connection with the ocean. Her

Fisheries Scientist - Tom McDermott
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Fisheries Scientist - Tom McDermott

Fisheries Scientist at the Marine Institute, Tom McDermott has been researching the ‘King of Fish’, the salmon for more than 40 years. “Growing up near Lough Derg in Co Clare, my father had a huge influence on me through his obsession with angling, and everything that related

Vegetable Farmer
Posted by Teagasc

Vegetable Farmer

Name : Shane Thorne Address: Rush, Co. Dublin Current position: Assistant Vegetable Farm Manager Business details: 200 - 250 heactares of potatoes, parsnip & early season swedes 20-25 employees Supplying two large supermarket chains Education • 2 years Engineering • Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture • Level 6 Advanced Certificate in

GreenKeeper
Posted by Teagasc

GreenKeeper

Name: Ruairi Coyle Address: Galway Current position : Galway Golf Club Education • Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture Background I began my studies at the National Botanic Gardens in October 2014. I wanted to gain more knowledge about greenkeeping and horticulture, I learned a lot about plant identification and plant

Nursery Owner
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Nursery Owner

Name: Deirdre Howlin Address: Kilmore, Co. Wexford Current position: Owner of Grange Greens Plant Centre Education I completed the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture (2004) & Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture at Kildalton College (2005). I then transferred to the 2nd year of the Level 7 Horticulture course in

Landscape Gardener
Posted by Teagasc

Landscape Gardener

Name: Richard Cowman Address: Tramore, Co. Waterford Current position: Assistant Garden Manager Business details: Assisting with management and maintenance of a 1 hectare garden at Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Gardens. Education • Certificate in Manufacturing Technology W.I.T. • Qualified Carpenter & Joiner • BSc in Horticulture 2012 Background I

Meeting the Educational Needs of 21st Century Farming
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Meeting the Educational Needs of 21st Century Farming

The longstanding tradition of farming in Ireland continues to contribute a major source of economic activity for the country and is still the focus of rural Ireland. The farming tradition is steadfast, but the farming methods are changing and adapting to meet the needs of the modern technological age and

Ireland: A Global Leader in Production of Infant Milk Formula
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Ireland: A Global Leader in Production of Infant Milk Formula

The rapid growth of dairy farming in Ireland has led to our position as one of the leading global exporters of infant milk formula.  One in seven babies worldwide drink products manufactured in Ireland (2014). The three biggest infant formula producers, Abbott, Danone and Wyeth are based in Ireland

Dairy Farming: Can You Milk It?
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Dairy Farming: Can You Milk It?

A 2018 Teagasc survey revealed that Dairy is the most profitable agricultural activity in the state with average incomes hitting a record €86,115 in 2017 on foot of a strong upturn in dairy prices globally. A 2017 survey conducted by the National Farm Research Unit revealed that 53

Food Drink Ireland - Budget 2019 should address Brexit impact
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Food Drink Ireland - Budget 2019 should address Brexit impact

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food sector, launched its Budget 2019 submission in September, which calls on the government to introduce a series of measures to help the sector maintain its competitiveness and achieve its growth potential against the backdrop of Brexit and a significant

Frances McHugh - Teagasc Forestry Development Officer
Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland

Frances McHugh - Teagasc Forestry Development Officer

What are the main tasks and responsibilities? My Job includes many tasks and responsibilities but mainly it is to provide a free independent advisory service to private land owners on all aspects for afforestation and forest management. This involves visiting individual forest owners or those interested in planting, organising regional

Niamh Hennessy: Forestry Inspector – Research, Food & CODEX Co-ordination
Posted by Forestry Careers Ireland

Niamh Hennessy: Forestry Inspector – Research, Food & CODEX Co-ordination

What are the main tasks and responsibilities? Scientific evaluation of progress reports, general queries relating to current research topics and processing new research proposals, field visits, representing DAFM at meetings, etc. Describe a typical day? Typical day in the office starts at 9am, check emails and prioritise duties for the

A career in Food Science
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A career in Food Science

Food science focuses on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of food along the production chain from farm to plate. A food scientist has a role to play in all aspects of the food chain from production to processing, storage and marketing. What do they do? Food, the essential fuel

Siobhan O'Connor - Researcher in Health Formatics
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Siobhan O'Connor - Researcher in Health Formatics

Siobhán O’Connor talks to Smart Futures about her career as a researcher in health informatics. Your job title? PhD/Doctoral candidate studying in the area of health informatics at the University of Glasgow. What are the main tasks, responsibilities and skills required? As a PhD student

So you want to be a Radiologist
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So you want to be a Radiologist

Radiology is attracting a high number of applicants for its Higher Specialist Training (HST) programme and the Dean of the Faculty of Radiologists, Dr Adrian Brady, said that very strong candidates are applying for the available posts. Clinical and diagnostic radiology is one of the few specialties where a background

More roads than one to your chosen career
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More roads than one to your chosen career

Students who did not receive their preferred option this week in Round 1 of the CAO, can consider the other possibilities and options open to them, as they await Round 2: 1. Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) and Further Education (FE) courses: Every year thousands of students enrol on PLCs either

So you want to be a Vet
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So you want to be a Vet

Working in a veterinary practice is one of the most rewarding career options available. Curing sick animals, helping farmers when livestock are born and taking care of pets are all meaningful, altruistic duties to perform. However, there is more to a veterinary career than curing sick hamsters; many vets are

From 200 points to Occupational Therapy
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From 200 points to Occupational Therapy

Colm Johnson is a shining example of why high CAO points shouldn’t put students off pursuing their dream career, writes Mary Phelan. Colm Johnson from Gurteen in Sligo did his Leaving Certificate in 2007. While he considered occupational therapy at the time, his first choice on the CAO

From the Classics to Veterinary Nursing
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From the Classics to Veterinary Nursing

"By the time I applied to UCD’s Veterinary Nursing Programme my knowledge of animals was limited to my experiences with my own dog, a few cats, weekly horse riding lessons as a child and my own stubborn attempts to build a rapport with any cattle or sheep 

My Life as a Female Butcher
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My Life as a Female Butcher

"When I tell people what I do, their reactions differ. The men in the industry think it's a novelty that I'm a girl. They're just so proud that any young person still wants to learn the trade.", Amelia Watts, Apprentice Butcher  One Saturday, after a long

A day in the life of a Medical Physicist
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A day in the life of a Medical Physicist

"When injected, this radiopharmaceutical will travel to certain parts of the patients’ anatomy. Then we can use a Gamma Camera to image that part of the anatomy" - Una O'Connor, Medical Physicist It’s only 8:00am but in one hour patients will be arriving for their Nuclear

A day in the life of an anaesthetist
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A day in the life of an anaesthetist

Giving an anaesthetic is a bit like flying an aeroplane: the take-off (induction) and the landing (waking up) are the two periods of tension, with a bit of autopilot in-between, says Dr Lindi Snyman  ...  Anaesthetists as a group are often considered to be ‘OCD&rsquo

A Day in the life of a Dublin Zookeeper
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A Day in the life of a Dublin Zookeeper

Gerry Creighton is operations manager for Animals & Grounds at Dublin Zoo. "I started officially as a zookeeper when I was 15, although it wasn't really my first day on the job. My dad was a keeper and a lot of the keepers' kids spent plenty of time in

Working with the Nose: Christelle Noël - Sweet Flavourist
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Working with the Nose: Christelle Noël - Sweet Flavourist

From the classic vanilla, strawberry or chocolate to the most original tastes (burger or oyster-flavoured chips, yogurts that taste like tarte tatin…), each of the aromas the food industry puts on the shelves of our supermarkets has been composed by someone whose job it is to make them

A Day in the life of a Podiatrist
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A Day in the life of a Podiatrist

"What I like most about the job is the biomechanics of how the body moves. I love working out why an Achilles heel is under stress or why a patient’s hip is giving them trouble." Lorcan O'Donaille is a podiatrist who runs the Achilles Clinic in

A Day in the Life of a Clinical Psychologist
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A Day in the Life of a Clinical Psychologist

"My feelings at the end of the day will be almost entirely dependent on how the sessions went. When I feel I could have done more for someone it is amazing how strongly my own sense of self-worth can become momentarily entangled in the day’s therapy" On

More Women Filling Professional Roles in Agricultural Sector
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More Women Filling Professional Roles in Agricultural Sector

Irish women may not feature large in farm work, but they have a major impact in veterinary practices Ireland’s agricultural workforce is 27% female — women own 13% of farms, but few of these women are younger than 65, which suggests that they are probably widows. And only

Andrew Allen - Psychologist
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Andrew Allen - Psychologist

Smart Futures interviews Andrew Allen, Postdoctoral researcher at UCC. What's your job title? Postdoctoral researcher, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre & Department of Psychiatry, University College Cork. What are the main tasks, responsibilities and skills required? I’m a psychologist with an interest in cognition (how people think) and stress

Grainne Dunne - Pharmacist
Posted by Smart Futures

Grainne Dunne - Pharmacist

Grainne Dunne an ODP Pharmacist at AbbVie talks to Smart Futures about her career. What are the main tasks, responsibilities and skills required? I joined AbbVie in 2013 as a Pharmacist on the Operations Development Program (ODP). The ODP is a two-year training program offered by the company with

Dr Caroline Roache - Marine Ecologist
Posted by Marine Institute

Dr Caroline Roache - Marine Ecologist

Dr Caroline Roche, a marine ecologist at Galway-based Aquafact, tells Smart Futures about protecting the environment and ensuring that European laws are followed. What is Aquafact? Aquafact is an environmental consultancy company that has been operating for about 28 years. Environmental consultants carry out work in response to environmental

Julie Doyle - Researcher in Health and Wellness Technologies
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Julie Doyle - Researcher in Health and Wellness Technologies

Dr Julie Doyle, a research fellow at CASALA, is coming up with ways of making life better for older people. What is CASALA and what is your role? CASALA is an applied research centre based in Dundalk IT. We look at enhanced aging using technology. Our aim is to

Tom Doyle - Marine Biologist
Posted by Marine Institute

Tom Doyle - Marine Biologist

What were the main ‘career decision’ milestones in your life so far? I trained and worked as an electrician for six years before deciding to go to college. I wasn’t particularly interested in being an electrician – it was just something I fell into. In hindsight

Steve Elliman - Research Scientist
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Steve Elliman - Research Scientist

Describe your typical day Dr Steve Elliman, head of research at Orbsen Therapeutics, says no two days are the same at his Galway start-up. My chief function is to manage 11 research scientists in the lab. Another role is grant writing. We’re a start-up so we

James Corcoran - Pharmacologist and Writer
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James Corcoran - Pharmacologist and Writer

James Corcoran talks to Smart Futures about his career as a medical writer/pharmacologist. Your job title? Medical Writer/Pharmacologist at Firecrest Clinical, Limerick. What are the main tasks, responsibilities and skills required? I work as part of a team who create videos that explain diseases and show how drugs

Shane O'Donnell - Genetics Student at UCC
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Shane O'Donnell - Genetics Student at UCC

Shane O’Donnell, the Clare County hurling champion and Smart Futures Ambassador is currently studying Genetics in University College Cork. Here he talks about how he made his choices for the CAO and how he manages to balance his sporting life with his studies. Can you tell us

A Week in My Community Midwife Role
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A Week in My Community Midwife Role

"I have run out of restaurants on many occasions when the main course has just arrived." Mary Cronin, Community Midwife  My job is to attend mothers who choose to have their babies at home. This involves antenatal care, attendance at the birth and postnatal care for up to two

Sinead McCool - Product Innovation Officer
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Sinead McCool - Product Innovation Officer

Sinead McCool, a qualified pharmacist, talks to Smart Futures about her diverse career. What is Pharmapod? Pharmapod is a cloud-based platform that allows you to document any error or near miss that occurs during dispensing and preparation in a pharmacy, such as misreading a doctor’s handwriting or

Working with The Irish Coast Guard
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Working with The Irish Coast Guard

‘ Military service makes you think about your aims, and helps you to develop self-discipline’ -  Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin I spent 21 years of my life in the Air Corps, mainly on search and rescue with the Alouette helicopter and then moving to the

A Day in the Life of an Acupuncturist
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A Day in the Life of an Acupuncturist

Caitlin Allen qualified in Acupressure Massage from the Northern College of Acupuncture, York in 2003 and obtained her BSc in acupuncture in 2005. Below she documents a typical day in her accupunture clinic. Today a patient asked me what my day was like as she was interested in the variety

Career Profile: Farm Assistant
Posted by Teagasc

Career Profile: Farm Assistant

Cian Jobe is a Farm assistant and relief milker from Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford. Farm details: Area: 26 ha Labour: Farm owner and Cian part time Herd: 70 spring calving cows Career path   Level 5 Certificate in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College (1 year) Background Cian is from a

Career Profile: Herd Manager
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Career Profile: Herd Manager

Michael kennedy is a Dairy Herd Manager from Glenville, Co. Cork. His interests include both hurling and football.  Farm details Area: 45 ha Labour: His father Martin who also works off-farm, Michael and relief help once a week. Herd: 116 spring calving cows Career path Level 5 Certificate

Career Profile: Farm Manager
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Career Profile: Farm Manager

Patrick Dunne is a Farm Manager from Navan, Co. Meath working in Golden, Co.Tipperary. His interests are GAA, Football and anything related to farming.  Farm details Area: 94 ha Labour: 1.5 labour units Herd: 155 spring calving cows, 50 in calf heifers and 61 calves Career path

Career Profile: Dairy Farm Owner
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Career Profile: Dairy Farm Owner

Andrew Cronin is from Crookstown, Co. Cork. he is currently share farming with Pat and Mary Smyth in Mallow, Co. Cork. His other interests include hurling.  Farm details Area: 200 ha Labour: 2.5 labour units Herd: 400 Spring calving cows Career path Level 6 Higher Certificate in Agriculture

Career Profile: Farm Business Owner
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Career Profile: Farm Business Owner

Imelda Kinsella is a farm business owner (Family partnership) from Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny. Her interests outside farming include travel particularly outside Ireland.  Farm details Area ha: 38 ha milking platform, 101 ha farmed in total in four blocks, of this 12 ha is leased Labour: Family labour plus one

Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management
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Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management

"I chose this course after completing my degree in Animal and Crop Production because it offered practical, fully-paid professional work experience.”  The targeted growth for milk production expansion on Irish dairy farms can only be achieved with a supply of well trained farmers who have the experience

Is a Career in Butchery for you?
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Is a Career in Butchery for you?

Pat Whelan, a fifth generation butcher, is managing director of James Whelan Butchers, that does nose-to-tail butchery from its own farm. The business has shops in Clonmel, Kilmaconogue in Co Wicklow, Avoca in Monkstown and Rathcoole in Co Dublin. The business currently has 10 positions available across four