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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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Tailor

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Tailor
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€18 - 30
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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At a Glance... header image

Designs, measures and cuts cloth for garments like suits shirts and overcoats.


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The Work header image

Tailors produce made-to-measure, handcrafted garments to order. They also make alterations to items of clothing such as suits and overcoats. Menswear forms the largest proportion of the industry, although there is also a demand for some tailored ladies' garments.  
 
Tailors advise customers on the range of fabrics and styles for a particular item of clothing, and take measurements. The style is then converted onto a paper or cardboard pattern, which is used as a stencil for cutting the chosen fabric.  
 
The pieces of cloth are cut and usually sewn-up by hand as this produces a better finish. The tailor selects threads and needles appropriate to the fabric and uses a variety of stitches. A sewing machine may be used occasionally.  
 
The customer may need to have several fittings before the item is finished. Once the garment has been made-up, the tailor presses it.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.

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Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.

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Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.

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Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.

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Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.

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Assemble garment parts and join parts with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines.

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Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.

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Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.

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Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.

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Fit, alter, repair, and make made-to-measure clothing, according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, and applying principles of garment design, construction, and styling.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Tailoring is a highly skilled craft requiring a steady hand, attention to detail and precise working. You need to be able to follow instructions under minimum supervision. It is essential to have good eyesight. Your colour vision may be tested. A thorough knowledge of fabrics, design and shape is also important.  
 
Tailoring requires long periods of concentration, and is more suitable for people who do not mind working alone for much of the time. It is also useful to have some business skills, as most tailors are responsible for their own book-keeping.


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Organisation: Grafton Academy of Dress Designing
Address: 6 Herbert Place, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 676 3653 / 676 7940
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Organisation: Clothing and Textile Alliance
Address: Confederation House, 84 - 86 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1529
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