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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aoife Mc Dermott

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Department of Education and Skills

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Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.
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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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University of Limerick - UL

University of Limerick - UL


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University of Limerick – Profile

  • Our graduate employment rate is consistently higher than the national average      
  • Affordable living for a better student experience      
  • Work experience as part of every degree
  • Ireland's Sporting Campus                                                                             
  • Our Cooperative Education programme is one of the largest in Europe with a network of over 1700 employers                                                                               
  • Five–star ranking for teaching, employability, innovation and internationalisation
  • Exceptional on-campus village style accommodation (over 2500 rooms across 6 student villages)                                   
  • Largest international exchange programme in Ireland (ERASMUS and Study Abroad)
  • A full suite of scholarships across all disciplines                                          
  • 2,500 international students from over 100 countries                                               

UL is Ireland’s youngest and most innovative university

Voted ‘Ireland’s most popular university’, the University of Limerick offers an exceptional student experience. At UL you will find a college experience that will challenge and demand the best of you. In return you will get a top quality education and preparation for life like no other. UL is big enough to keep things interesting, yet small enough to ensure that no one gets lost in the crowd. With over 70 Clubs and Societies, you’re sure to find one that suits your interests.

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The University is recognised as possessing one of the most spectacular and environmentally sympathetic university campuses in the world. UL is located along the River Shannon, just 5 km from Limerick city centre. Visitors never fail to be impressed by this peaceful green place with its trees, its fountains and the beautiful river Shannon flowing majestically through it all.

The campus is adorned by unrivalled sports and cultural facilities, including Ireland’s first Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor sports arena, a boathouse with a state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank, and our newest facility, a 25m diving pool, the only one in the region. The 1,100-seat University Concert Hall shows weekly performances.

The University has been named 'University of the Year 2015’in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. UL has also been placed in the top 200 most international universities in the world in the Times Higher Education rankings.

Make UL your first choice for a real-world, career-focussed education.

For a full listing of all our degree programmes, visit www.ul.ie/courses