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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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CAO Change of Mind deadline 1st July 2018

The golden rule is to place all of your course choices in genuine order of preference

CAO applicants are reminded that the Change of Mind deadline is 1st July at 5:15 pm.

This free facility offers applicants the opportunity to add, remove or change the order of their course choices. [Some restrictions apply].

Applicants are advised to think carefully about introducing new courses or changing their order of preference at this stage in the application process.

Helpful tips: 

  • Make sure to carefully check your application and ensure that all of the course codes are correct and listed in order of preference.
  • When entering new courses or editing existing course choices applicants must list ALL courses on the New Choices list.
  • Use the online Change of Mind facility – it is quicker, easier and helps to reduce the opportunity for applicant error.
  • Carefully read any correspondence from CAO, including the ‘Statement of Course Choices’ which is sent to applicants after amendments are made to CAO course choices. Applicants will also receive an email showing these changes.

Leaving cert results will be available on Wednesday 15th August 2018. 

What happens next?

The date for Round 1 CAO Offers is 20th August. Applicants will be notified by post and e-mail if they have received an offer and will have until 5:15 pm on 24th August to register an acceptance.

Applicants who do not receive an offer in Round 1 will receive a Statement of Application Record which they must carefully check and notify CAO of any errors or omissions. The expected date for Round 2 Offers is 29th August.

Click here for a list of important KEY DATES

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This clever app allows the user to instantly calculate CAO Points based on their Leaving Cert results. The easy to use interface takes the stress out of making mistakes when calculating points on results day!

CAO Not for You? ...

PLC Courses offer another route to Third Level

Higher Education or CAO courses are not the right choice for everyone. There are a huge variety of Further Education Courses (FET) which offer independent qualifications on the national framework and can be used to progress directly into employment. These courses also provide another route into Third Level for students.  


Interested in an Apprenticeship?
 

Apprenticeship is a programme of formal education and training. It combines learning in your place of work, with learning in an education or training centre. On successful completion of a number of phases of training, apprentices become recognised craftspeople or professionals. With so many new types of apprenticeships coming on stream the earn and learn route can be an attractive option to students. 


The CareersPortal Team

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