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

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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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Defence Forces Army and Navy Recruitment Campaign

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Defence Forces Army and Navy Recruitment Campaign


Monday, April 25, 2016 




Defence Forces Army and Navy Recruitment Campaign

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Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., has announced the launch of a new recruitment campaign for enlisted personnel in the Permanent Defence Forces. The Defence Forces plan to induct just over 600 General Service personnel to the Permanent Defence Force in 2016 and a further 850 personnel in 2017.

The General Service Recruitment Competition is NOW running for the Army and Naval Service. This will close at midnight on the 22 May 2016,

  • Applicants for the Army must be 18 years of age and under 25 years of age for the Army on the 22 May 2016
  • Applicants for the Naval Service must be 18 years of age and under 27 years of age  on the 22 May 2016

This campaign is specifically targeting increased female recruitment using social media channels, digital advertisements and the introduction information programmes for women. Currently just over 6% of Defence Forces personnel are women.

It is also proposed to continue with outreach initiatives, which seeks to engage with minority communities and new citizens. These measures include a Defence Forces presence at citizenship days and direct contact with community groups to raise awareness and highlight career opportunities.

The closing date for this competition is 23:59hrs on Sunday 22nd May 2016 

Applicants will be have to complete physical fitness and interview assessments.

The recruitment competitions will be run through a centralised online application system on the Defence Forces website.