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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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120 jobs for Limerick with Virgin Media

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120 jobs for Limerick with Virgin Media


Monday, February 06, 2017 




120 jobs for Limerick with Virgin Media

120 new jobs are being created at the Virgin Media National Customer Experience Centre at Roxboro in Limerick.

The new positions are being filled immediately and will bring staff numbers at the centre to 400.

The jobs are being created directly and together with partner Sitel with all new positions based in Virgin's high-tech Customer Experience Centre in Roxboro.

The new positions are all full time and include roles for:

  • customer care specialists handling billing and sales plus a number of
  • specialist back office finance

In a further major boost to the local economy, Virgin Media is also expanding its superfast fibre broadband network for homes and businesses in the region.

Virgin Media is growing its Irish workforce to meet demand for its superfast broadband, TV, phone and mobile services.

Virgin Media have also confirmed they will expand their network footprint in the mid-west region with a plan to connect 10,000 more homes and businesses to their superfast broadband network when the upgrade is completed.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Virgin Media are available here.

Speaking at the announcement, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said: This is a very welcome development for Limerick and it underpins the city's track record as a hub that can deliver strong results for high tech multinational companies like Virgin Media. Today’s announcement follows a succession of quality job announcements for Limerick and further demonstrates the city’s proven track record in attracting companies of this nature. Virgin Media has consistently been one of the biggest employers in Limerick and I commend them for this jobs decision and their continuing investments in the Mid-West.

The CareersPortal Team