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 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.

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The Jobs Holding the Country Together as Storm Emma Hits

While many are sitting by the fire and enjoying some ‘snowdays’ off work there are many still who are working harder than ever this week keeping us all safe  as Storm Emma sweeps across the country. Check out some of the careers below and see if you are up for the challenge of working in all weathers!



Met Eireann and their team of meteorologists are in the spotlight this week. The public have keenly followed the hourly weather updates, surveyed rainfall radars and watched temperatures plummet. In a way everyone has tasted a little of meteorology this week.  But is weather something you could be interested in on a regular ‘soft day’ in Ireland?

Meteorologists study the Earth's atmosphere and the effect it has on the Earth's surface. They are best known as television weather forecasters, but most of their work goes unseen by the public. They compile weather forecasts from measurements and observations of conditions like humidity, cloud level, wind, temperature and pressure. Data is collected and used to produce computer models, and plot maps and charts. As well as advising the public, meteorologists provide information for industry and agriculture. To find out more about meteorology click here.


Where would be without media coverage? If it wasn’t for TV, radio, newspapers, internet how would we know to get the shopping in and prepare for a storm? We are dependent on the media to keep us abreast of weather updates, government announcements regarding school closures and curfews, red alert warnings and so on. We may complain about the media but during national emergencies the media plays a central role in getting the message out to people and helping the public to stay safe. To read more about jobs in the Media industry click here.

Emergency Services

Not everyone can use the excuse that travel is too dangerous to go to work. Emergency services are called upon to brave the stormy conditions and treacherous roads so you don’t have to. Although most elective medical procedures may be cancelled during Storm Emma there are still many who will face  medical emergencies during these days and will require the services of the ambulance and babies will be delivered over these days too. Paramedics and indeed the fire brigade services may be called upon to transport such emergency cases to hospital. The Defence Forces have been on standby to offer assistance to communities and vulnerable people since Tuesday night when the ‘Beast from the East’ took hold of the country. The country will rely heavily on the emergency services during this national crisis.

County Council Workers

The county councils play a key role in keeping roads safe. Snow ploughs and road gritters are organised by the county councils to keep the main artery roads open and safe. The county councils have come under attack for having inadequate supplies of salt when snow and ice have gripped the country in the past. They will be under public scrutiny this week (as will politicians and county councillors) to ensure the roads are well maintained. Road maintenance is key to keeping the transport services functioning and getting people to work.


During national emergencies people look for leadership to know what to do. The government make decisions that are in the best interests of the country and the safety of the public. The Minister for Education responded to the Red Status warning and ordered all schools and colleges to be closed while the warning is in place. The Taoiseach put a curfew in place to reinforce the seriousness of the weather situation. When the government take the issue seriously the public are more inclined to pay greater attention.  To find out more about the work of politicians click here.


Stay safe and keep warm as Storm Emma passes over the country.

The CareersPortal Team

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