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 Luke Drea from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

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The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is more of a life style than a job.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Ways to Enter

You can submit your entry Online, by Email or by Post. Whichever option you choose, please ensure that Section 1 (Entry Details) are completed and accurate. 

Online Entries

To submit your entry online, you must have a CareersPortal account - its free!.

To create an account, or to login if you have an account, click here: Login.

Then follow the links to the competition and complete your submission by typing the information required directly into the spaces provided. Save as you go. You can revisit and edit your online entry as often as you wish, right up until the closing date.

Email or Postal Entries

Your submission should be typed into a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) and formatted to produce a clear and concise document. Use the headings provided in the instructions to layout the document. All sections must be completed.

Once the document is complete, it should be checked by your Programme Coordinator / Teacher or Guidance Counsellor to ensure all relevant information is included.

Email the completed document as an attachment (MS Word or PDF) to: with the following details in your subject line:

Your Name, Competition Category, Your School Name e.g. John Smith, TY, Marian College


2. Print your document and post it to the following address:

TY / LCA / LCVP / LC (select one)
National CareerSkills Competition,
7 Richview Park,
Dublin 14.



The closing date for the submission is early April each year. The winners and award ceremony will be announced in May of the same year.

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