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My story Richard Daly

WHEN Richard Daly was finishing school at the height of the economic gloom last year, he had his mind firmly focussed on where the jobs were likely to be when he graduated.

I decided that energy was going to be massive and I couldn’t understand why everyone else didn’t want to do it,” says Richard (19) of Macroom, Co Cork.

This former pupil of Colaiste an Phiarsaigh also wants to travel and he reckons his career choice will open up global opportunities.

“If I do well in my degree, I’d love to get a job as an energy consultant. There’s a huge amount of money being spent on it in places like India, the US and China.

Richard’s guidance counsellor helped him find the new course, a BSc in Energy at the University of Limerick, which provides students with the scientific and technical expertise to address big issues for the 21st century: energy sustainability, energy control and climate change.

“This is the first year of it and I can’t believe it, there’s only 40 in the class. It’s great.”