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 Linda Coghlan from Forestry Careers Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Forestry Careers Ireland

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Linda Coghlan
For women considering a career in forestry, the physical ability required is more fitness and technique rather than strength. If you enjoy variability in your working day; being part of an industry which is not yet hitting its prime; the great outdoors; a love of nature and peaceful surroundings then forestry is for you.

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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CAO Change of Course Choices Facility Closes Today 1 March at 5:15 pm

The CAO Change of Course Choices facility is available to all applicants for a fee of €10 up to 1 March at 5:15 pm. Registered applicants who wish to use this facility simply log in to their CAO account and click on the ‘Change Course Choices’ tab and follow the steps provided.

Mature applicants to CAO, and applicants considering applying for courses that are classified as restricted courses, should take note of this upcoming CAO deadline.

CAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, commented: “In the main this facility will be used by those who have forgotten to include a restricted course before 1 February, or by those who are classed as a restricted category applicant, for example a mature applicant.

“In the case of mature applicants, many of the institutions need such applicants to have applied for their courses no later than 1 March in order to allow adequate time for their application to be assessed.

“Other institutions will still consider mature applicants who use the Change of Mind facility, but in order to avoid any unnecessary restrictions we would encourage such applicants to make any changes before 1 March at 5:15 pm.

Restricted courses are courses that may require an additional assessment, for example a test, interview, or portfolio. Restricted courses are highlighted in the CAO Handbook as ‘Restricted – see page 3’.

“If an applicant is unsure about a restricted course our advice would be to add the course at this stage. A restricted course can always be removed at a later date, but in most cases applicants cannot add a restricted course after this deadline”, added Ms Keleghan.

For more information about restrictions, applicants are advised to read page three of the CAO Handbook, and for a step-by-step guide to using the Change of Course Choices facility applicants can watch the video guide available in the Student Resources section of

The CAO late application facility will open on 5 March at noon for a fee of €60 for online applications.

The video guide to the Change of Course Choices process is available here:

DARE/HEAR Applicants

DARE and HEAR applicants have until 1 March at 5:15pm to complete their online DARE or HEAR form.

DARE and HEAR applicants must submit their supporting documentation to CAO by 1 April at 5:15pm.

The CAO Late Application facility opens on 5 March at noon for a fee of €60.

For more information contact Eileen Keleghan, CAO communications officer, on 091 509884 or email

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