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 Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Kieran Magee

Farm Manager - Dry Stock

Teagasc

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Kieran Magee
Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.
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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Dr. John Spillane Construction Management

Dr. John Spillane is currently lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast; specialising in Construction Management. As founder and programme director for a new MSc titled “Building Information Modelling Project Management”, this provides an apt opportunity to apply knowledge gained from extensive industry orientated research into academic teaching in class.

Having successfully completed a Diploma, a BSc (Hons), an MSc and PhD, this complements teaching, particularly on both the MSc in Building Information Modelling Project Management and the MSc in Construction & Project Management. With extensive industry experience as a project manager working on a wide variety of projects, both in Ireland and the UK, a broad and in-depth level of industry experience has been attained.

As a chartered member of the CIOB and full member of the APM, links between industry and academic partners are maintained and utilised with the view of aiding further development of the built environment.

As an active researcher, who continues to publish in high quality peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on a wide variety of subjects including confined site construction, building information modelling (BIM), material management, personnel management, dispute resolution, expatriate assignment and disaster management; further disseminating key findings throughout the construction sector.

For me, it started in LIT

Dr. John Spillane – Construction Management
Lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast
LIT Graduate – Construction Management


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