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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.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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35 new jobs with Dublin Chauffeur Services Company

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35 new jobs with Dublin Chauffeur Services Company

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 

35 new jobs with Dublin Chauffeur Services Company

Chauffeur company Devine’s Worldwide Chauffeur Services has announced the creation of 35 new jobs with the opening of the company’s new office in Santry on Dublin's Northside.

The company plans to launch a new chauffeur booking app later this year, that will allow passengers to make reservations and watch as their vehicle arrives via their smart phone.

From a start-off with just one man with a car in 1978, the company has driven some of the most high-profile stars in the world, including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.

Devine’s now has a fleet of over 40 cars as well as a staff of 60, with owner Mick Devine still at the helm.

Welcoming the today's announcement, An Tánaiste congratulated the company on the creation of the 35 new jobs, saying "Enterprises like these that are the backbone of the country."

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Devine's World Chauffeur Services are available here.

The CareersPortal Team