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Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

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Farming continues to play a big role in Irish life, with forests growing in size plus a thriving gardening and landscaping sector there are many opportunities for those who enjoy active jobs where you are doing practical work out in the open air. Whether you are working on farms as a farm owner or farmhand, caring for our forests or smaller scale work in horticulture, where you can design landscapes or tend gardens.

Skills

    sales & marketing, communication, teamwork, leadership, time management, adaptability, active listening, attention to detail, negotiation, education & training, decision making, data analysis & statistics, one to one counselling, persuasion, developing relationships,

Key Facts

18,500
family dairy farms in Ireland
11,000
involved in growing tillage crops in Ireland
3,500
employed in mushroom growing
10,000
average number employed in forestry

Labour Market Information

There were 111,700 working in agriculture at the end of 2017, 5.0% of national employment. The vast majority (95%) of this employment was in the core agriculture activities of crop and animal production. Forestry, fishing and other agriculture activities made up the remaining 5%. There was very little change in the number employed in Agriculture between 2016 and 2017.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Forestry Careers

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Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry

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Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry Teagasc Course Providers
Teagasc Course Providers

  • Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College
  • Clonakilty Agricultural College 
  • Ballyhaise Agricultural College
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