Read back over the day's live blog below for advice and inspiration, podcasts and videos from an unprecedented line-up of speakers and participants.

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Listen to William Faulkner of Fyffes as he details the graduate programme offered by the company to send future managers around the world to see the whole tropical fruit import chain for themselves:


Feilim says although they did come to him, there is no real way to completely avoid CVs, cover letters and going through the HR department. Luckily I didn't just bank on the CV I did have a few things prepared to fire out to them, he adds. "CVs are the key thing. If you have a friend who is good at graphic design, then get them to spruce it up."


Question from audince member on exactly how the job came to be and were there CVs involved - "Did you find Paddy Power or did Paddy Power find you?"


In response Feilim says no two days are the same and it's fun to be able to hijack the news agenda. "Yesterday it was getting odds for Boyzlife or planning stunts for Cheltenham. We move with the news agenda the whole time, so whatever is big news at the time that's what you're involved in."


Question now from Irish Country Living's Mary Phelan on what's it like to work in a company famous for controversy.


Feilim advises people to remember that there are other ways apart from the conventional method to get to a goal. "It's very difficult when you're job hunting and everyone is doing the same thing. So maybe zig when others zag and find your own path."


"There was two big things I wanted from this process and that was finding a job I would really really enjoy and something that I would learn absolutely loads from." Dress codes have changed over the years, which is another aspect of the job Feilim enjoys as he can dress like "an ageing skateboarder."


Feilim eventually chose to go with Paddy Power as he says he had always loved the brand and that he was hooked hearing all the stories behind the stunts.


He went on so many interviews afterwards, Feilim says he was proving more popular than Niall Horan in Coppers. Quite the achievement.


Despite all the media attention and well wishes from members of the public, Feilim says he was on the receiving end of some nastiness online. One comment accusing him of wearing fake tan was particularly hurtful, says Feilim.


Within hours of the billboard going up, he was done interviews with RTE and For days after he was doing 40 interviews a day.


He moved back to Ireland but after hours of trawling the internet job hunting and watching far too many episodes of Jeremy Kyle, he decided to put a billboard of himself. He said he wanted it to be clear he was jobless and Irish, and so 'Jobless Paddy' was born.


Feilim upped and moved to Australia when the recession hit and got a job as an events manager.


The final session of the day will be by Feilim MacAnlomaire, also known as Jobless Paddy. He paid for his own billboard appealing to be saved from emigration. Paddy Power took him on and he is now head of PR for the bookmakers.

Speaker Ann Derwin presents the 200 jobs available at the Department of Agriculture in the next 12 months. Listen below:

Listen also to Shannon and Elena, who study ag science in school and have come to discover college and job options in the sector at the Agri Careers Fair.


Sharemilking provides an opportunity for young women who maybe won't get the family farm that yes they can still go into that career, says Anna Marie McHugh.


Ann Derwin says it's important to encourage women to take an active role in decision making on the farm. We are brilliant at spotting opportunities and women do play a key role in sustainability of family farms. Women have so much to bring to farming. Rural Ireland would be far better if women were more involved. At the minute they only own 2.2% of farms.


Briege Corkery says seeing other women who are farming, at farm walks, and at discussion groups is important for moral support.


Ann Derwin from the Department of Agriculture says "regardless of where you start in the department it’s a stepping stone." The department is now recruiting for 200 roles now the embargo has been lifted.


Anna Marie McHugh: "I could sense people waiting for her to fall - you do have to go the extra mile. When you're at the table you have to perform equally if not better then the men at the table."


Anna Marie McHugh from the National Ploughing Championship is the general secretary of World Ploughing - the first female to have the role.


Speaking first is Briege Corkery, dairy farmer and mulitple All-Ireland winner. She is currently trying to build her stock and the plan is to go to 250 cows in five years. Her and her husband are also share milking.


Ruth McCourt works at the European Movement Ireland and is one of the speakers at the Agri Careers Fair. Listen as she talks about working abroad.


Coming up next is the penultimate session this evening which will focus on women in agriculture and the many opportunities for them to lead the way.


The dairy processing session is wrapping up now. Concluding, Noireann Lacey says people will agri science degrees will always find jobs within the banking sector.


Glanbia's Philip McCabe says common mistakes interviewees make are lack of preparation, not selling themselves and not knowing enough about the company. We look for innovative people who drive on and that drive for results. Someone who can value the role and put pressure on the person above them in the company.


Noireann Lacey works with AIB and she says the 16 peolpe who are agri advisors all have agircultural science degrees. Ag science graduates are dotted throughout the bank, not just in agri advisors.


Pul Cullinan from Aurivo says young graduates looking to get into the industry have to have an interest in agriculture and farming entreprises going locally. "Our organisation is diverse and you don’t get pigeon holed. You have to be willing to take on opportunities to shine, you have to be flexible and you have to be willing to move around."


Philip McCabe says 99% of people on the graduate programme go into full time roles. A lot of senior people in the company have come through the graduate programme themselves.


Fergus O'Mara from Dairymaster says when working with international markets, trust is a very important part of it.


Philip McCabe works with Glanbia and they take on 65 people a year on the graduate programme. Philip says for the agri graduates, they stay in Ireland for the two years, rotating around a number of roles in agri business.


When recruitnig, Fergus O'Mara says for roles in dairy there are enigeering jobs and jobs in production, and they tend to look for people with an agri backgroud.


Next up, it's all about dairy processing.


Here are some top CV tips from the Career Advice Hub today:

  • A CV is a document that sells you and your skills to an employer - it should be well presented, readable and concise.
  • Your CV should include personal details, professional profile, key skills, career history, education, training and interests.
  • Your CV should be two to three pages max. Save some achievements for your interview!
  • The language of your CV should be professional but no need to use overly formal language. Tailor your CV to suit the role's requirements.
  • Tips for cover letter: state the role you're applying for, say why you're interested in the role and the company.
  • Listen to LinkedIn expert Fergal O'Keeffe for more advice on how to present your skills to employers:


    When looking for new candidates, Finbar says flexibility is necessary and "we insist employees must travel."


    Finbar's factory in Clones Co Monaghan is the biggest employer in the town and employees 280 people directly, and he wishes "peolpe would give the beef industry a chance because it can be for everybody.


    Finbar also adds that everyone has talent; the trick is to identify it. Keep working hard and you will make it.


    Giving advice to young people, Finbar says "you have to work hard - that is the most important thing. Be honest and be progressive because I was. I wanted the good job and I wanted the money."


    Speaking at this session is Finbar McDonnell. He started is career working in the first factory Larry Goodman's owned in Ravensdale Co Louth. He was appointed chief executive of ABP Beef Ireland in January 2008.


    Next session is a "beefy topic" according to News Editor Patrick Donohue. It's all about Irish meat processors.


    Andy Woods was a electrician before he became a technican, but he said that made no difference to the job. "It was a blank platform. It was a big career step but I wouldn’t leave this job. I love it and you couldn’t push me out the door."


    At the moment there are just three female technicans, and Fiona Woods says they would like to see more women fill the roles. She added that the "jobs are the same for everybody and you won't get it any easier just because you're a girl."


    Pat did an apprenticeship in 1984 but he says it still stands to him until this day, and although technology may have changed, "the role of the apprentice is still the same. It's about working hard and learning the ropes."


    Technican Fiona Woods left her role as a retail manager as she like the more technical side of things. Andy O'Neil is from Kildare but travels throughout the country: "No two jobs are the same and it changes all the time."


    The next shorter session will focus on Open Eir - what's it like to be an Open Eir technican?


    Carmel Fox of Ballyhoura Development thinks the tender going in for broadband should be able to achieve total roll out. "Put the models in place now to reach the toughest areas because people are very very anxious to get broadband. It's one of the biggest issues in rural Ireland and on the mind's of people across the country."


    Peadar Gill says better broadband makes a huge difference to people’s lives in rural Ireland. “My own mother has three grandchildren in Australia and now she’s stalking them all on Facebook!”


    Brian Smith Mabtech: "For older farmers, new technologies mean people can stay in the career that they love for longer."


    Brian Smith of Mabtech runs six websites from his home and described broadband as the “life blood” of his business.


    Carmel Fox says if you take the small agri food business, they need to market it and they need to be online. High speed broadband to the home is vital now.


    Moving on, the next session is all about rural opportunities and connectivity, chaired by Open Eir's Carolan Lennon. What can high speed broadband do for rural Ireland?


    John says it’s a myth that farmers don’t adopt technology but there is a financial barrier - who is going to pay for it and the up keep? He calls for industry support.


    Michael added that going to small or medium size companies can be more beneficial than larger companies at the start of a career. "In big blue chip companies, roles can sometimes be very narrow. If you're with a smaller company, you'll get experience in all different parts of the business. Focus on experience earlier in your career."


    John's advice to all young students is to find out what you love and what gives you a buzz. "Don't be worried about the money because by the time you come out of college, those jobs could be gone.


    Unlike John, ICBF’s Sean Coughlan studied commerce because he didn’t know what he wanted to do. After some time working in the US in financial systems he came back to live in Cork. In 2006 he became financial controller for ICBF.


    John Daly studied for a degree in mechanical engineering in Limerick and now works with Dairymaster. “Growing up on a farm things were always breaking, so I was always exposed to it and intrigued by it and how machines work.”


    Up next is the session on Ag Tech power house, chaired by Financial Advisor and CAP Specialist Peter Young.


    Jean added that the more people you talk to the more confident you will become - thinking outside the box will really pay off. Neil concludes that you have to see yourself in the long term and to enjoy your job every day.


    All three speakers said for their graduate programmes putting yourself out there and gaining confidence is a hgue aspect of what they got out of it. Evelyn says she surpirsed herself during her three internships with the confidence and communication skills she gained.


    Neil Swan stuided economic management in Queens and he started working on the factory floor of Dunbia as teenager. At just 25 he was made general manager for a team of over 320 people. Jean Cotter did a graduate programme and is now trade marketing manager for Dairy Gold Ireland, after studying food marketing in college.


    Evelyn Garland is a student with UCD and has completed internships with the Irish Farmers Journal and the National Dairy Council. She believes "it’s all about what you put into internships. You'll get out what you put in."


    The next discussion is all about the benefit of internships, for the employer as well the employee.


    Listen to Brian Cleere, who is manning the Ornua stand at the Agri Careers Fair. He says his organisation has lots of job opportunities as long as you're willing to travel the world.


    Ruth says working in Europe is not just about those with languages or those who studied politics. Europe needs experts in every single field because they make decisions for every field. Conor enourages people to grab every opportunity to work abroad with both hands with Breffni concluding that people shouldn't under estimate the value of an irish education because it's hugely respected.


    The Irish are well accepted and well respected, says Breffni Carpenter, Agricultural Consellor. Ruth adds that the Irish attitude and what we have - the craic, the openess, the relationships and that translates to Europe and beyond. Conor jokes that "we are inoffensive. We're never invaded anyone and people are always open to the Irish.


    Ireland is the most carbon efficient milk producer in the world and the fifth in the beef sector which adds another string to the Irish bow, adds Breffni Carpenter. Conor said he had huge fears moving to Brussels as a 29 year old, but "it was just a real pleasure to see all the different opportunities but to be so close to home. It's an amazing hub right in the centre of Europe.


    Ruth says it’s very achievable to learn new languages and Conor adds that it’s good to even know the basics - don’t let then be a barrier.


    Breffni Carpenter is a career civil servant and is a Agricultural Counsellor and Ruth McCourt works for European Movement Ireland, and says there is a great success rate when Irish people get out there. "Sometimes they are held back by issues or perceived issues." She says there are spaces for people of all skills sets and employers are looking for working knowledge in candidates.


    Next up is a session on working with Europe, chaired by News Editor Patrick Donohoe.


    Eibhlin from Major Equipment says if you really want it have a good attitude and show that you want it. Get out there and get experience. Concluding, Paul said there is a skills shortage in the electronic sector, so there are huge opportunities but also huge challenges. Try and position yourself in a role that is really required.


    Paul from McHales said he really looks for ambition in a CV. It all comes down to relevant experience and showing that love for machinery – going that extra mile. From you’re 16 or 17, you need to be building your CV from there. He adds that those going on J1 should take this chance to get relevant experience.


    In Massey Ferguson, all the enigeer graduates taken on last year were Irish. William Judge says that when they look back at all the Irish graduates they have had that they come with a very high calibre and a great work ethic. However, he adds that they should set their goals higher and it should only be the start of where they want to be.


    Start small and have big ambitions say William Judge and Paul McHale believes you have to start from the ground up. Farming can be a lonely job but you have to be willing to be social and be the face of the business as well.


    William Judge, sales manager for Ireland & UK for Massey Ferguson grew up on a farm and studied agriculture. He worked with an agri dealership but then realised having a good grasp of business and economics was vital for agricultural as well, so he studied for a degree in business.


    The next discussion is on machinery and will be chaired by Machinery Editor, James Maloney.


    Kevin encourages careers in farming and believes it isn't all about the money. "It’s a lifestyle choice. It's about being ambitious and it's a great place to have a family. You don’t necessarily need to own land to have a great farming career. There are huge opportunities in the ag sector as we see it at the moment." As long as you have a vision, it doesn't matter what section of ag you want to go in, concludes Dairy Editor Jack Kennedy.


    James Feighry, beef farmer, says an ag science degree will stand with you for your whole life, no matter what area you want to go into. "Beef is in a hard time at the minute, but it's my life. It's where I see myself and my family."

    When it comes to financial budgeting, Julian says the only way to learn core skills is to get stuck in.


    Weather constraints can have huge impacts on farm - at one point Julian lost every carrot he had because of frost. He travelled after his masters, and encourages others to do the same. "Get on a plane out of Ireland and go see how other systems work. It's a scale and volume business and that's the only way it's going to go."


    Kevin Twomey, a dairy farmer and the youngest of three, the family farm was never going to come to him, he said. However, working on a farm in Tipperary showed him he didnt't have to own a farm to be able to work on one.


    Up next is selling farming as a career – how good it can be or otherwise. What skills do young farmers need to become successful?

    Julian Hughes, tillage farmer from Co Kilkenny says he was far from student of the year and didn’t take it seriously till his masters. Unusually, he doesn’t own any land, which he says make’s life more difficult when it comes to finance.


    Listen to final year Ag Science student Maeve Regan, who is at the Agri Careers Fair to look for opportunities after her graduation.


    Stuck in the queue? Let those around you know that they can follow this live blog and the video stream online.


    Key message: When you do eventually go to buy a home, strategically select your location and make sure you have job security.


    Healy gives Ciara some advice and how to help her situation, bar winning the lottery:

    "You could buy a property outside of Dublin and maybe try and work 2-3 days a week from home.

    "Also, Ireland has a history of home-ownership. I see a shift towards renting becoming more established here, a more of a continental-type living." Should the younger generation look into renting long-term?


    Ciary Leahy is a prospective house buyer. She is 31, working 8 years at the Irish Farmers Journal, and living in Dublin for 10 years. At 28, her and her partner were at a crossroads - either get married or save for a house. "I decided to get married. I didn't regret this life decision." (laughs nervously) Little did she know, the property market would change significantly since then. Like many others in her generation, she now pays a significant amount in rent every month.


    Standing room only at the Careers Advice Hub to get CV advice.


    There is just so much happening here today at the Agri Careers Fair in the RDS - we can't keep up! Here Moocall chief executive Emmet Savage talks about growing his company from 2 to 16 employees in the past year and looking for further expansion around the world.


    Property editor Shirley Busteed is here now to talk to Ciara Leahy, consumer editor of the Irish Farmers Journal and Healy Hynes from REA (Real Estate Alliance) Hynes Athlone, about how times have changed for first time buyers. So how do you live, eat, clothe yourself, run a car, and come up with a 20% deposit to buy a house?


    IFJ Dairy Specialist Aidan Brennan, Paidi Kelly, Teagasc and Cork Dairy farmer Kevin Twomey explain the stepping stones to becoming a dairy farmer.


    Up next is the Generation 20% talk. We are talking about high city rents, and how a 20% deposit creates a substantial challenge for this generation to get on the property ladder.


    Michael Woulfe, vice president of the enzyme business in Kerry Group, says that the food and agri industry is looking for good talent all of the time. Whether it's in the process industry or in sales and marketing, there is plenty of opportunities out there!


    Jim is the CEO of Dairygold. He has a knowledge about the industry that is rivalled by few. "The main advice I have for people is to be open to change. Change is good and constant, so be ever ready to embrace it. It may not be easy, but if you are willing to learn and develop to your potential it is worth it."


    The secret to the Woulfe brothers' success has been revealed: Their mother, five aunts and grandmother were all teachers!


    Doors are opening again in approximately 10 minutes for those of you still waiting in line.


    Successes in Dairygold, Grassland Agro, Kerry Group, Richard Woulfe & Co, and a fine family farm! The list is endless with these brothers. Read a profile of the Woulfe brothers’ extraodinary careers.


    We are now looking at successful families in the industry. The Woulfe family are here today to talk about how their experiences have moulded both them and their careers, advising how a career in ag has delivered for them and can deliver for you too!


    Word just in: They have had to close the doors here today at the Agri Careers Fair in the RDS! It just goes to show the interest out there for jobs in this industry!


    "Being Irish opens up a huge opportunity for you around the world. You have to live it to experience it. There are no limits when you are Irish and you have a desire to suceed." - Orla Coughlan

    Inspirational stuff here today at the Agri Careers Fair!


    The speakers at the 'Corporate to country' talk today


    Being at home and being back in your local community is very important to the friendly farmer.

    The one thing he struggles with, however, is connectivity in rural Ireland. "Lumpy broadband. It's like porridge. It's awful, but you eat it anyway."


    Denise O'Callaghan worked in investment banking in London for five years before she got the opportunity to pursue her dream. "I always wanted to set up my own gig," she says. 8 years later and she has established her very own family-owned business.


    Orla Coughlan says that the tradition was always that the oldest son got farm, the daughters married, and the younger ones emigrated. "The wonderful thing about these stories is that people are talking about coming back to Ireland for employment."


    Eleanor Meade says it's all about the work experience, so get that summer job lined up!


    Ronan Byrne: "We were always told growing up that you can't make a proper living out of farming - well that never sat well with me." We interviewed the turkey farmer in December. Read the full story here.


    The 'Corporate to country' talk has just started. Open eir's Orla Coughlan is speaking to Denise O'Callaghan (Denise's delicious gluten free bakery), Eleanor Meade (Meade Potato Company) and Ronan Byrne (The Friendly Farmer), who have all left their corporate positions but continue a vibrant career in Ireland.


    Watch below our machinery editor James Maloney talking about jobs in his sector:


    Some advice in a nutshell:

    Sarah: "I'm very fortunate to have loved my job so it didn't feel like work. Find your niche and try and tie it together - it makes life easier."

    Ciarán: "Two roads diverged in the woods. I took the road less travelled, and it was very rewarding."

    Cathal: "There's tremendous opportunity in agriculture to work internationally. As well, Irish people are liked everywhere we go."



    Ciarán Sweeney from Fyffes jumped at the opportunity to work with the company. He has travelled the world in his job - even working on a 2,500-acre pineapple operation in Costa Rica.


    For all you homebirds out there, Cathal McCormack from Alltech says although he has got to travel extensively, he has always been based in Ireland.


    The crowd is still coming here at the Agri Careers Fair in the RDS.


    Darren Carty is here today to speak about opportunities in the sheep sector. Watch his short introduction below:


    No rest for the wicked here today! The 'See the world' talk has just kicked off and Eoin Lowry is joined by Cathal McCormack (Alltech), Ciarán Sweeney (Fyffes) and Sarah Gavin (Irish Thoroughbred Marketing), who have all travelled globally through their jobs.


    Justin McCarthy offers his best advice:

    "Prepare yourself and have the correct knowledge going into an interview.

    "Your job is 9 to 5 - your career is the hours you put in after that."


    Eoin Lowry on travel - "I'm not a believer of office jobs. I'm just back from Brazil. I'm a big believer in getting your hands dirty, getting your feet into ground and getting into the market."

    (Eoin has a great tan by the way!)



    Eoin Lowry says he grew up on a tillage farm, and he got a great passion for the industry at that early age. The agri-business editor studied ag science in UCD, and then went on to do a masters in sugar beet.

    "I never got the job I applied for, but I always got a job," he says. Eoin was offered the job of managing director of a fertiliser company at the age of 28, and it brought him all around world buying and selling fertiliser.

    "The most important thing is building relationships and having a network. Go for that cup of coffee - you never know where it will lead you."



    Irish Country Living editor Mairead Lavery has some advice for older women who are thinking of re-skilling and looking to work in the agri industry:

    "Dont take no for an answer. You will get turned down the first time, and turned down the second time, but keep going, keep trying. Don't die at first fence - there is an opening there."


    The first talk is now underway at the Agri Careers Fair. All of the Irish Farmers Journal specialists are here to talk about their background and their careers to date. Editor Justin McCarthy says if you have the work ethic there are "huge opportunities" in the ag industry.


    RTÉ's agriculture correspondent George Lee is here today to get in on the action!


    Markets specialist Phelim O'Neill is also here today to talk about jobs in the meat processing industry.


    Listen to Sarah Buckley, HR manager at the Irish Farmers Journal, and Michele Murphy, business coach at Full Saol, who are in charge of the Careers Advice Hub at the Agri Careers Fair.


    If you’re coming to the Agri Careers Fair today, please note that parking arrangements have changed: go to Simmonscourt car park, not Anglesea as previously announced. Apologies for the late notice!


    The Agri Careers Fair has just kicked off here at the RDS. Our dairy specialist Aidan Brennan is here today to give advice to anyone who interested in working in the sector. Watch our short interview with him below:

    The event opened at 11am and we have a live video stream of all the day's talks featuring recruiters from leading companies in the agri-food sector and educational institutions, as well as successful professionals sharing their experience and Irish Farmers Journal journalists.

    Follow our live blog throughout the day for updates on key advice and opportunities if you are looking for a job in the wider farming industry, and don't forget: the sector is not looking only for ag science students!

    You can also follow the event on social media and comment with the hashtag #AgriCareers.