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 Bryan Daniels from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Bryan Daniels

Farmer - Dairy

Teagasc

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Bryan Daniels
The best bit of advice I could give anyone thinking about going into dairy farming is to go out and get experience first hand on a farm. This way you will know if you enjoy it and have a passion to do it first hand. If you do then studying agriculture in school and then onto an ag college is a great foundation to get the required knowledge you will need in the future.
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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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Primary Level - <p>This section has information on Pirmary School Education in Ireland</p>

Primary Level

Primary education is founded on the belief that high-quality education enables children to realise their potential as individuals and to live their lives to the fullest capacity appropriate to their particular stage of development. The general aims of primary education are:

  • To enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual
  • To enable the child to develop as a social being through living and co-operating with others and so contribute
  • To the good of society to prepare the child for further education and lifelong learning.

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The primary curriculum is learner-centred. It emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy, and language, while at the same time responding to changing needs in science and technology, social, personal and health education, and citizenship. The curriculum also reflects the educational, cultural, social and economic aspirations and concerns of Irish society.

The curriculum is presented as follows:
(Links are to full curriculum details from CurriculumOnline)

Subject Group    Subjects 
SESE - Social, Environmental & Scientific Education Science, History, Geography
Mathematics Mathematics
The Arts Education Visual Arts, Drama, Music 
Language English, Irish
Social, Personal and Heath Education Social, Personal & Health Education


In addition to the subjects above, all students of primary school undertake Physical Education (PE) and Religious Education (RE).

There is no formal programme concerning careers education at Primary Level. Children are often thought to be too young and ‘unformed’ to be introduced to ideas and aspirations about future careers. The curriculum does however introduce many of the topics that might ‘hook’ them into general career areas.

The openness of children to all sorts of stereotypes about careers and personal development makes this time of their life highly influential in terms of the sort of careers they might consider in the future. The media (TV, YouTube, Magazines etc.) plays a big role in shaping the minds of students, and often in a detrimental way (e.g. gender stereotyping).

The importance of this phase in a persons life has been recognised by a number of organisations who want to demonstrate to receptive students the benefits of particular career or skills areas. Examples include