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


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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.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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4 600 extra teachers being hired between this year and next year

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4 600 extra teachers being hired between this year and next year

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 

4 600 extra teachers being hired between this year and next year

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, has reconfirmed his commitment to hiring 4,600 extra teachers by September.

The move means that teachers who had been emigrating will increasingly be able to find jobs in Irish schools. Currently, there are urgent gaps in subjects such as Irish, European languages, home economics and maths.

At the same time, finding qualified teachers to teach them is problematic. Schools are reporting increasing difficulties in recruiting teachers in maths, science, resource and guidance. In addition, short-term, unexpected absences have become a major challenge for schools due to lack of cover.

A survey of secondary schools carried out by one representative body found that 96 per cent of schools contacted reported difficulties in recruiting part-time or temporary teaching cover. The issue was most acute in Irish, where the majority reported difficulties finding teachers (67 per cent), followed by modern languages (51 per cent), maths (30 per cent), home economics (26 per cent) and science (20 per cent).

The quality of teaching across primary and secondary schools may also be at risk due to a lack of qualified teachers, according to an as yet unpublished research report commissioned by the Department of Education.

Striking the Balance was prepared by a technical working group linked to the Teaching Council of Ireland. It is believed to confirm that at second level there is a shortage of teachers in key subjects including Irish, home economics, physics and European languages. The result is the use of “out of field” teachers, i.e. teachers who are not specifically qualified in that subject area and lack a detailed knowledge of the curriculum.

Minister Bruton has pledged to publish the report which was finalised in December 2015 over the coming weeks. He maintains that the Government’s move to hire an extra 4,600 teachers between last September and next September means teachers who had been emigrating will increasingly be able to find jobs in Irish schools.

The CareersPortal Team