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Horticulturist

Teagasc

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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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30 new jobs with biopharma company Theravance

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30 new jobs with biopharma company Theravance


Thursday, November 02, 2017 




30 new jobs with biopharma company Theravance

International biopharma company Theravance have announced the opening of a new corporate office in Dublin.

The company plans to expand its Dublin employee base by hiring 30 highly-skilled professionals over the next two years in in areas such as clinical development, finance and technical operations.

Speaking at the opening, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD said "The pharmaceutical industry makes a huge contribution to the Irish economy in terms of jobs and manufacturing exports, and is one of our fastest growing sectors ... My department through IDA Ireland is keen to attract new dynamic pharmaceutical companies like Theravance Biopharma who will broaden the reach of the industry here and generate new opportunities. I look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership developing."

Theravance is a leader in the development of medicines to address unmet needs of patients being treated for serious conditions, difficult- to-treat infections and major cardiovascular and renal diseases, including acute and chronic heart failure, hypertension and chronic kidney diseases such as diabetic nephropathy.

The company's research efforts are focused in the areas of inflammation and immunology, with the goal of designing medicines that provide targeted drug delivery to tissues in the lung and gastrointestinal tract in order to maximise patient benefit and minimise risk. 

Details of career opportunities with Theravance are available here.

The CareersPortal Team