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 Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:

Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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Jason Ruane

Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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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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Pallaskenry Agricultural College

Limerick


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Thursday, October 11, 2018
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10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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About Us

Pallaskenry College is located 16km to the west of Limerick City adjacent to the picturesque Shannon Estuary. It is situated on a 210 hectare estate of lush “golden vale” farmland.

Pallaskenry is owned and managed by the Salesian Fathers. It has been involved in Agricultural Education since 1922. Courses are offered in both Agriculture and Farm Machinery/Mechanisation. These programmes are run in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology, Teagasc, QQI, City & Guilds, SOLAS and the ETB. 

Facilities/Activities

The college has excellent teaching and recreational facilities. An Information Technology Centre contains 20 state of the art computers with internet and email access.

There are also a range of engineering/machinery workshops to facilitate the delivery of the colleges specialised machinery programmes.

Recreational facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, an all weather soccer pitch, football/hurling pitches and a games room. Full-time recreational students are accommodated in high quality, newly renovated single and double rooms. 

The College Farm

The farm consists of 210 hectares and has a number of enterprises, which are run as commercial units.

The dairy herd is the largest in the Agricultural College sector. There are 190 pedigree Holstein Friesian cows producing 1.6 million litres of milk. The cows are milked in a modern purpose built facility with a 24 unit milking parlour and a 200 cubicle dairy shed.

170 cattle are reared to beef annually. A self-contained suckler unit for 60 cows has just been completed.

There is also a 320 ewe sheep flock including 100 early lambing ewes.

35 hectares of maize are grown to provide high energy feed for the high yielding liquid milk dairy herd.

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