Schools Zone

There will be a specially designated Schools Zone for fifth and sixth year students interested in pursuing a career in the agriculture, agri-food industries.

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This year, Agri Careers 2017 will have a specially designated Schools Zone for fifth and sixth year students interested in pursuing a career in the agriculture, agri-food industries. There will be a series of talks in the Schools Zone on the day specifically aimed at those still in secondary education who want to pursue further education in those industries – whether it is a PhD, an apprenticeship or a FETAC course.


10.00am               Agri Careers Fair opens to the public

10.25am               Introduction & Welcome by Mary Phelan, Careers Editor, Irish Farmers Journal


Session 1: Young Stars of the Irish Farmers Journal | 10.30 am – 11 am

Many of the attendees visiting the Schools Zone will be familiar with the Irish Farmers Journal’s editorial team from reading the paper. During this slot they will be introduced to the, more recent additions to the team. They will hear how these individuals climbed their way to the top of their respective fields at such a young age and they will learn about a day in the life of being a hotshot, young, up-and-coming agri-journalist.  Speakers include Ciarán Lenehan, Beef Specialist, Peter Varley, Farm Buildings & Environment Correspondent and Aisling Hussey, Social Media Journalist.


Session 2: It’s never too late to make the right call | 11 am – 11.30 am

  • Betty McLaughlin & Eddie McGrath, Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors is the professional body representing guidance counsellors in Ireland and between them they have helped guide thousands of students down the right career path over the years. They take to the stage to impart their nuggets of wisdom about making the right CAO choice and they will be stressing how important it is for students to follow their genuine passions and interests. For many students, this may be agriculture and farming.


Session 3: Alternative Routes | 11.30 am – 12 pm

  • Arjan Von Rossum, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Mr Damien Dempsey, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
  • Tony Woodcock, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • A representative from a Teagasc Agricultural College

Many students may be dead set on getting into a Level 8 Ag Science degree programme but if they don’t get the points all is not lost – and that is exactly what the speakers in this slot are being brought to the stage to tell you. There are many alternative routes and back doors into ag science degrees – it’s just a matter of finding out what these and making sure you put yourself in a position to avail of them.


Session 4: How to get the most from the Ag-Science Study Guides inside the Irish Farmers Journal | 12 pm – 1.00 pm

  • Speakers from IASTA and the Irish Farmers Journal followed by a Live Q&A session

You may see the Agricultural Study Guides in the Irish Farmers Journal every week but how can you ensure you’re getting the most out of them. Here you will get a chance to ask the experts from IASTA and the Irish Farmers Journal.


Session 5: Quiz: Are you smarter than your ag-science teacher? | 1 pm – 1.30 pm

  • Team 1: 2 Ag-Science Teachers (we will be looking for volunteers)
  • Team 2: 2 Ag-Science Students (we will be looking for volunteers)

Farming is fun and we like to think we’re a bit of craic in the Irish Farmers Journal (please download our Farmoji app if you don’t believe us!)  We’re bringing some banter to the stage at lunchtime in the form of a battle. Can a team of students take down a team of teachers in a quiz on agri knowledge? Not all questions will be academic so teachers must be tuned into the modern world of farming today if they really want to show their students that teacher knows best…Bring It On!


Session 6: How to achieve a top grade in the ag-science exam | 1.30 pm – 2 pm

  • Representative from Hewitt College
  • Students who have received top grades in Agricultural Science in their LC

Grinds schools are renowned for their academic results and for sending a steady stream of their students into high-points courses. We bring to the stage a representative from Hewitt College who place a big emphasis on Leaving Cert agricultural science and agricultural economics and will have top tips for students about how to maximise their performance on the day. Her enthusiasm is infectious!


We hope we have planned a day which will be interesting to both you and your students. Our fair will see over 50 companies exhibiting on the day, some of which include: IT Sligo, UCD, Harper Adams, IT Carlow, Glanbia, Dairygold, McHale, Massey Ferguson and Horse Racing Ireland.


On the day, there will be ample parking for buses. The event is on in the Main Hall of the RDS, which is accessible from the Merrion Road. We will endeavour to “check-in” your group as speedily as possible on the day. We recommend pre-registration of your class for the fair. To register your group, please email This event is not just limited to your Agricultural Science class, we would encourage all students in senior cycle to consider attending the event.


To register your class CLICK HERE or you can email or phone +353 1 4199584.