What advice do you have for school leavers?
You have options available in Ireland to study forestry at all levels, for one to four years. Start by reading the information provided on the courses in Teagasc, UCD and WIT. Attend all the college open days in order to meet staff and current students and view the facilities provided by each college. Contact the programme leaders directly with any particular questions regarding their course. Talk with people in your community currently working in forestry, get their views on the forestry sector and career paths, and if possible gain some practical experience working in forestry. Ensure that you understand the entry requirements of the programme you are applying for and most importantly, read the information on the modules you will study in your programme.
What advice do you have for graduates?
As a forestry graduate, you should develop and maintain your professional network through your peers, educators and previous employers. Join the Society of Irish Foresters, the professional body for Irish foresters and other professional bodies and forestry interest groups. Participate in conferences, seminars and field days organised by these groups. Be willing gain further paid or unpaid practical experience. Be prepared to travel within Ireland and internationally for employment opportunities and experience.
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What advice do you have for career changers?
Changing career is a serious decision, so it is vital to be well-informed. Attend public forestry events, research the forestry sector and companies, and discuss your interest with people currently working in the forestry sector. Make contact with programme leaders to express your interest and discuss any queries or concerns you have with them. Forestry programmes tend to have a mix of school leavers and mature students and forestry employers tend to place a high value on mature graduates blend of qualification and experience.
What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?
Attend college open days and talk to forestry programme coordinators about your educational options. This will enable you to make an informed decision about what suits you and your personal circumstances returning to the workplace. If you are unsure about committing to a full time course become a member of a forestry group or association and attend open days and talks where you will get a broader idea of what the forestry industry is about.