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:

 

Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

Read more

  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.
Close

Naturalist?
Naturalist 
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
All Courses
PLC Progression Routes
PLC Points Calculator
CAO Points Calculator
CAO Video Guide

Ballyfermot College of Further Education 
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 
Crumlin College of Further Education 
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

150 new jobs for Drogheda

logo imagelogo image

150 new jobs for Drogheda


Thursday, March 02, 2017 




150 new jobs for Drogheda

US company, Mobile Technologies Inc, has announced plans for the creation of 150 new jobs in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

The new positions are to come on stream over the next three years, with recruitment already underway for a variety of tech based roles.

The US-based company says the jobs will be based at its newly established European Contact Centre HQ in Drogheda.

Mobile Technologies Inc (MTI) chose Ireland because of the talented and tech savvy workforce, the attractive business environment, and its membership of the EU.

Making the announcement, Minister for Jobs and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD said the investment will provide a significant boost to the economy of the town and wider border region.

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan, said the developemnt will promote Drogheda as an ideal location for conducting international business.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with MTI can be found here.

The CareersPortal Team