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Mark Clery, Regional Forester

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Mark Clery works as a Regional Forester for SWS Forestry Services Ltd. Mark feels that the business and forestry modules on his course at WIT proved to be most important for his current occupation.

 

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Taking a chance on choosing the Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Waterford Institute of Technology when I was in secondary school was the main ‘career decision’. It was nothing more than taking a chance on it at the time and see how things turned out.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

My parents were very supportive of my interest in forestry as long as I didn’t think of planting the farm at home!

Describe a typical day?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

There’s no such thing! Typically the various situations that arise throughout the day can determine the events of that day. A single phone call can determine the focus of that day i.e. meeting clients or walking sites.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

I procure land for afforestation, develop sites to the Forest Service guidelines, maintain forest plantations to Forest Service guidelines and deliver quality customer service.

What are the main challenges?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Challenges include a changing marketplace for forestry; land availability for the afforestation scheme; increased regulations; the impact of Brexit on timber prices.

What's cool?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Meeting new and existing clients, solving problems that may arise and the freedom to determine the direction of the day are all great.

What's not so cool?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Increased paperwork makes life difficult.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Hard work, determination to reach targets and time management.

What is your education to date?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

My highest degree to date is the Bachelor of Science in Land Management in Forestry that I acquired at Waterford Institute of Technology.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

The business and forestry modules proved to be very important for my current occupation.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Completing my first planting season, carrying out my first thinning and delivering the best customer service possible are all rewarding.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Be sociable- you have to be in possession of good communication and social skills in this position and have perseverance -a lot can go against you too and you have to be able to switch off.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Yes very much so.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Make sure you know what you’re getting into and do your homework on what this job entails.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

You have to be able to deal and communicate with people; you need to be self-motivated - a lot of the time it will be up to you to determine where you get the work from and work hard - this isn’t a nine to five job, so expect long hours.

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

On the job training is a regular occurrence especially when talking to colleagues of mine about various issues and the field days organised by the Society of Irish Foresters are always informative.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Generally, most people start out in the forest contracting crews so that will give a person a good grounding in what forestry is all about.  

What is your current job title?

Mark Clery, Regional Forester

Regional Forester for SWS Forestry Services Ltd.

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