Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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


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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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150 jobs with Aspire Technology

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150 jobs with Aspire Technology

Friday, May 12, 2017 

150 jobs with Aspire Technology

ICT service and software solutions company Aspire Technology has today announced the creation of 150 jobs at its headquarters in Sandyford, in South Co Dublin.

Doubling its existing employee numbers, the new roles will include software developers, network engineers, design specialists and project managers. Recruitment will begin immediately at both experienced and graduate level.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Aspire Technology are available here via the careers link.

An Irish-owned company, Aspire Technology delivers end-to-end mobile network lifecycle professional services and product solutions to telecommunications, equipment and software providers.

Aspire is also building a state-of-the-art network support centre at its existing headquarters in Sandyford which will serve over 16 million mobile customers across 32 markets during 2017, with plans in place to grow this facility for the management of over 50 million mobile customers.

The announcement is supported by the Department of Jobs through Enterprise Ireland.

The CareersPortal Team