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 John Liston from Forestry to give some advice for people considering this job:
Be flexible and willing to adapt and keep an open mind when working on challenging problems.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Often reported as one of the highlights of TY, doing work experience gives you the opportunity to see what the world of work is really like.
You will probably be required to do at least 10 days work experience - maybe in two or more different companies. Many schools do more - offering a greater chance to experience what work is like, and helping you to decide what it is you'd like to do in your own future career.
Everything about work experience is about developing skills in a different way to normal classroom work. You will be expected to find your own placement, create a CV, and maybe even do a career interview.
As you are not expected to have had any previous employment experience, there is no pressure to perform any real work when you do your work experience. For your employer, it's all down to your personality, your willingness to learn, your level of interest and your behaviour and attitude on the job. For you, its about learning what its like to work in the area, and whether you think that sort of work would interest you.
There are lots of resources on this site to help you prepare and get the most out of your work experience. Why not watch the video below to get an idea of what may be involved.
Work Experience - TY Students tell of their experience.
I grew up on the family farm in south Kilkenny and from an early age I was always interested in what was going on and being in contact with the livestock. The farm was in dairying at the time and it was that end of the farm I was interested in the most, so from an early age I knew I wanted to work with milking stock.
In secondary school I chose subjects that I was most interested in and thought would be most useful as a dairy farmer, Agricultural Science so I would understand the details of how a farm worked, Building Construction as farmers are always building and developing their farms for the future, Technical Drawing so I could plan out future developments.
Looking back I now know I should have also done Business Studies, as cash flow budgets and planning is what I spend at least half my time in the office at.
After the Leaving Cert I went to Kildalton Agriculture Collage and did the Certificate in Farming and Agriculture. Following that I was lucky enough to win the Teagasc 'Student of the Year' which put me in contact with some very good people that helped to shape my farming system.
Shortly after Kildalton when working on the home farm my father allowed me to take over the management of the farm and I started to focus on the dairy herd. In 2003 I travelled to New Zealand on a study trip and that is when I had my eyes opened to what dairy farming can truly be when done right.
The following year I was then asked to join the Kildalton discussion group which is a group of some of the best dairy farmers in the south east. It is through working with this group that have pushed me to where I am to day.