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We asked Paul Dowling from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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100 new jobs for Cork with NGINX EMEA HQ

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100 new jobs for Cork with NGINX EMEA HQ


Monday, February 13, 2017 




100 new jobs for Cork with NGINX EMEA HQ

US technology company NGINX is to add more than 100 jobs to its Cork base with the establishment of a new EMEA HQ here.

The additional jobs will come on stream over the next three years. NGINX will recruit more than 100 people to work in the areas of: Sales and Marketing; Finance; Business Development; Software Architecture; Engineering and Research & Development.

To explore current vacancies and apply for a position with NGINX in Cork click here.

Technology company NGINX, Inc., delivers sites and applications for the modern web. As substantially more organisations move to the cloud, containers, and microservices, NGINX is attracting strong worldwide adoption. It now powers more than half of the world’s busiest sites and applications, such as Airbnb, Instagram, Netflix and SoundCloud.

NGINX  helps other companies to deliver websites and online applications securely and reliably, and allows them to grow quickly. 

The San Francisco company already has a base in here in Cork city, as well as offices in Moscow and London. It will now to establish its EMEA headquarters here for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

Read: IDA Ireland Press release here

The CareersPortal Team