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We asked Darragh Little from Forestry Careers Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

Darragh Little

Managing Director of Forestry

Forestry Careers Ireland

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Darragh Little
Forestry is not just about planting and harvesting, it provides skillsets that can be used in many careers. Forestry is about people as every forest is owned by someone and you must be able to communicate your vision for their forest. It is about learning. You will never stop learning in this career and that makes it cool. Finally you can go anywhere on the planet with the skills you will learn. Forestry is virtually the same everywhere just different trees. I have worked in several countries around the world and used the skills I learned in Ireland to bring value.
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Going to College: New Systems New Challenges

Tips and advice for making the most of the first year college experience

Many thoughts will occupy your mind as you prepare for college. Will I make new friends? Will I fit in? Will I be academically able for my chosen course of study?

You may also be worried about moving away from home. Rest assured that most of your concerns will pass without too much complication and you will welcome a fresh start. Things to note:

Changing communication channels: At school, the relationship was between you, your parents and the school. At college it’s between you and the college and your parents will be depending on a healthy relationship with you to let them know how you are getting on. Each college and course will have its own unique way of communicating with you, likewise each lecturer will too. It is important to read your course handbook to find out key information including dates, deadlines, examinations and what supports and services are available to you.

Fitting in Socially: College life is more than an academic experience. The pressures of making new friends yet remaining loyal to old ones can bring on anxieties and fears. Fresher’s week is an exciting and eventful week in which you will be introduced to college life, sports, clubs and societies. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and form lasting friendships.

Managing the learning process: This is something quite different from the demands of the second level system where reward is mainly given for memorising and rote learning. To be successful at college you need to be proactive and take ownership and responsibility for your own learning.

Changing finances: College is an expensive business and funding is a very big issue for students and families as we see the costs rising every year. The discussion of what these bills are and how they can be met is an important one and should be fully explored before you start college.

Homesickness: Most students suffer a little homesickness. Those at home miss the daily predictable routines of the school years and those who live away also miss the daily exchanges at the kitchen table. Being involved in clubs and societies will help you overcome this.

Believe in your own ability: You have come this far, don’t stop now. Things will seem very strange at first: new structures, new people, new system. You are not alone. Give it time.

Know yourself: Understand your strengths and weaknesses, know your friends, your confidants, know when you are comfortable in situations and when you feel threatened. Remember there is help at hand in every college for all situations whether you get into social, personal or academic difficulty. It’s good to ask and it’s good to talk.

Make things happen: Going to college is about becoming informed, taking control and responsibility. Be your own driver in all that you do.

Catherine O’Connor, Trinity College Dublin, is an Education Consultant and Author of ‘Cracking the College Code’ A practical guide to making the most of the first year college experience - see www.crackingthecollegecode.ie 

 

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