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 Colm Lyons from Forestry Careers Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

Colm Lyons

Forest Technician

Forestry Careers Ireland

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Colm Lyons
Work hard and always strive to achieve good things. It is very important to keep the eye on the ball and keep a focus on the bigger picture. Days in college/school may be laborious and mind-numbing but keep at it, believe me, there is an end.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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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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