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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lydia Peppard

Care Assistant

Health Service Executive

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Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Marine Biologist and Geoscientist
David O'Sullivan

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Jennifer Doyle

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Biological Oceanographer
Caroline Cusack

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Chemical Oceanographer
Triona McGrath

Triona McGrath
Administration Assistant in RV Ops
Bernie Ní Chongaile

Bernie Ní Chongaile
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Our Vision: "a thriving maritime economy in harmony with the ecosystem and supported by the delivery of excellence in our services."

Our Vision: "a thriving maritime economy in harmony with the ecosystem and supported by the delivery of excellence in our services."

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"My favourite part of the job is meeting the scientists and learning all about the different types of interesting surveys they do."
Administration Assistant in RV Ops
Bernie Ní Chongaile
"Once we know where the habitats are we can study the animals that live there."
Marine Biologist and Geoscientist
David O'Sullivan
"I work with scientific teams from Europe, Canada and the United States on exciting projects like the GO-SHIP transatlantic survey."
Biological Oceanographer
Caroline Cusack
"I collect sea water samples from different parts of the coast and the deep ocean."
Chemical Oceanographer
Triona McGrath
"I work about 30% outdoors and 70% in the office."
Nephrops Team
Jennifer Doyle

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The Marine Institute is the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland.

The Institute carries out environmental, fisheries, and aquaculture surveys and monitoring programmes to meet Ireland’s national and international legal requirements. The Institute provides scientific and technical advice to government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource.

The Marine Institute also carries out research, strategic funding programmes, and national marine research platforms in support of the development of Ireland’s maritime economy.

The Marine Institute has a staff of approximately 200 people employed in areas such as research, science, technology, data management and analytics, international and European affairs, business development, marketing, promotion and public administration. Services are provided to industry, the public and government.

The Marine Institute staff work across a wide range of areas including:

  • Aquaculture
  • Business Development
  • Fish Health
  • Fisheries & Ecosystems
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Marine Environment
  • Marine technology & Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Renewable Ocean Energy
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Seafood Safety
  • Shipping, Maritime Services & Ports

For more information visit the Marine Institute website here.

Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO)  

The IMDO, a group within the Marine Institute, is the Irish government agency which provides support to national and international maritime businesses in Ireland. The IMDO provides government and industry with a range of information and reporting across the sector and works with maritime businesses to help them set-up or expand in Ireland. The IMDO is also Ireland’s designated Shortsea Shipping Agency and provides independent advice and guidance on EU funding initiatives.