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 Emily Costello from Forestry Careers Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:
Focus on your GIS modules in college, pay attention in the lectures and just keep at it. An understanding of GIS is vital for any job as a forester anyway, whether you like GIS or not! Focus on the other modules too of course. I’m using stuff now that I had forgotten we even covered in college, so even the modules that do not seem important or useful to you are worth paying attention to, they’re there for a reason.
What are your interests?
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
From a very early age I was interested in computers, which was the reason behind wanting to pursue something in that area. However, when I was in my final year in secondary school, I took up Business as a subject, and found I had an aptitude in that area too. I still went with Computer Science in College, but when the time came to choosing a career path, I found myself looking into areas that combined both.
In hindsight, I would have liked to have studied Economics in college, but enjoyed Computer Science to a point. Management consultants come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. We have graduates from theroetical physics, through to arts. I took Geography, French, Physics and Chemistry in school, but could have picked anything in order to follow the career path I took.