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Primary School Teacher

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Don't just go into teaching because you are looking for long holidays. To teach everyday you need to like children, be very patient and understanding. However I feel it is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.
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Martina Cripps Environmental and Natural Resource Management

I graduated from LIT with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Management & I am currently working as an Environmental Scientist for ECOS Environmental Consultants in Limerick. In the course of my job with ECOS, I have gained experience across many different business sectors and a broad range of projects relating to water, waste, waste-water including resource management, circular economy, licensing and permits and environmental monitoring and management.

My course at LIT equipped me with a broad range of skills not only from an environmental perspective but also from a business and project management standpoint. I have also carried out independent research on species of primary concern in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.  As part of this research, I applied skills such as ecology and earth science, GIS, research techniques and field studies all of which I developed in my time studying at LIT.

The modules covered on the course have well prepared me for a career in the environmental sector.  I would recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the environmental sector.

For me, it started in LIT

Martina Cripps
ECOS Environmental Consultants Limited
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental & Natural Resource Management


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