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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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Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist

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Shortages of the following skills ahve been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2016:

Cloud computing: MS Azure, AWS (amazon web services), cloud architect

1%
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ICT Specialist & Project Managers

Also included in this category:

Technical directors (computer services); data centre managers; IT managers; IT support managers; programme managers (computing); project leaders (software design)

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13,600

Part time workers: 0%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 77 / 24%
Non-Nationals: 15%
With Third Level: 89%
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Builds and maintains a virtualised data service layer that can draw data from any source and make it available across organisations in a consistent, easy-to-access manner. 


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Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet.

Work involves developing and managing the use of virtualisation infrastructure and cloud technologies to deliver solutions that support the business goals of a company or organisation. 

As a Cloud Specialist you will provide technical leadership by way of design, development and delivery of internal and external solutions.

Cloud Specialists can be responsible for database maintenance, overall monitoring of standards and procedures, file design and storage, and integration of systems through database design. They also conduct quality control and auditing of databases in a client/server environment to ensure accurate and appropriate use of data.

Work may also involve writing technology and project proposal briefs.


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You will need excellent technical and leadership skills. You will require exceptional problem-solving skills, excellent interpersonal and communications skills, as well as the ability to write technology and project proposal briefs.

The ability to work independently and to use time-management skills to deliver outcomes is essential. It is necessary to be self motivated and a quick thinker.


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A Level 8 degree in an IT related discipline such as Computing, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, is a typical background for entrants to this area.

A postgraduate qualification in cloud computing will help you to avail of the opportunities in the emerging market in cloud computing. Entrants to these programmes may have  traditional programming or database administration experience. 

A Level 7 degree or greater in a STEM related area (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) opens up many career opportunities across the IT sector. 

Last Updated: November, 2014


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Address: Discover Science & Engineering, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
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