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

Read more

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.
Close

Enterprising?
Enterprising
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Search

logo imagelogo image
Occupations
Occupations Database
Browse A-Z...
By Sector



Career Interests



Occupation Search:


Tip: Use the first four/five letters of the occupation.

 

Filter by Job Zone - Optional

 



Video Interviews

Mark Spain Garda Trainee
Darryl Day IQ Engineer
Jack McGovern Garda Trainee
Brendan Cavanagh Ships Engineer
Jonathan Pugsley Energy Manager
Colm Hofler Chemical Engineer
Frank Morrison Recruitment Manager
Vivienne Breathnach Lawyer Linguist-Barrister
Justine McCosh Accountant
Nan Hu Garda
Marie O'Donovan Environmental Officer
Lucy Maher Changing Careers to Accountancy
Gary Lamph Oyster Farmer
Karl Stanley Software Engineer
Gail Sterio Corporate Accountant
Rob Quantitative Analyst Services
Danielle Grant Assistant Tax Manager
David Fleming Sub Lieutenant - Navy
Aoife Mc Dermott Lecturer
Donn John IT Team Lead
Bria Murphy Equity Analyst
Claire Hanrahan Auditor
Sinead Kenny Design Engineer
Peter Clifford Probationer Garda
Martha Francis Detective Sergeant
Paul Dowling Horticulturist
Part One Meet the People Who Make the Technology You Use
Fiona Devlin 3rd Secretary
Bernie Ní Chongaile Administration Assistant in RV Ops
Rasaq Falade Garda Reserve
Deirdre Sayers Primary School Teacher
Liam Dowling Clinical Nurse Manager 2
David Crowe Administrative Officer
Shane Trainee Accountant
Alan Gilligan Administrative Officer
Lisa Berry Restaurant Manager
Deirdre Lavelle Care Assistant
Siobhan Canny Midwife
Brenda O Loughlin Franchisee
Karl Curran Associate Director
Marie Kinsella-White Operations Consultant
Brendan White Fish Filleter
Brian Cadigan Primary School Teacher
Padraig Parle Teacher - Special Needs
Brian Howard Guidance Counsellor
David Kirwin Trainee Accountant
Ivan Toole & Paul O'Sullivan Fisherman / Skipper
Maria O'Neill Civil Engineer
Marianne Cusack Garda Sergeant
Aishling Butler Garda Trainee
Deloitte Ireland Audit & Advisory
Tracey Roche Design Engineer
Jane Kennedy Research & Development Manager
Aoife O'Malley Garda Trainee
Elaine MacDonald Psychologist - Clinical
Rachel Berry Pharmacist
Garda Reserve Information Garda Reserve
Claire Analytics Team
Jason Ruane Computer Programmer
Anna Holohan Tax Trainee
Sinead Fox Hamilton Associate Director
Sarah Kennelly Administrative Officer & Developer
Richard Storey Shift Manager
Lydia Peppard Care Assistant
Gordon Campbell Earth Observation Application Engineer
Breda Ni Mhaoláin Interpreter
Bru Amerlynck Garda
Dr Arlene O'Neill Physicist
Nicole Feighery Customer Care Manager
Luke Drea Event Rider
John Smith Engineer - Process
Rebecca Tighe Process Engineer
Keith Lynch Private (Line)
Allen	Monks Economist
Liz O'Toole Skipper
Tomas Flanagan Occupational Therapist
Caroline Cusack Biological Oceanographer
Deloitte Ireland Consulting
Adam Nolan Garda
Brian O'Connor Analytical Chemist
Daniel Gaffney Finance Transformation Director
Paul Meany School Principal
Mary Ita Heffernan Social Worker
Lena Stadelmann Certified Licence Auditor
Natasha Ibanez Mechanical Engineer
Ejiro O'Hare Stratton Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Kerrie Horan Engineer - Process
Deirdre Kelleghan Amateur Astronomer
Liam McCaul R&D Engineer
Deborah Caffrey Electronic Engineer
Oisin	Murphy Apprentice Carpenter
Tom Tooher Lieutenant - Army
Ciara	 Phelan National Expert
Bryan Daniels Farmer - Dairy
Rose Griffin Network Technician
Michael Bohane QA Manager
Colin	Butterly Site Manager - Trade Entry
Breda Ni Mhaoláin Translator / Interpreter
Daniel Vagg System Architect
Keith Hayes Ambulance / Paramedic
David O'Sullivan Marine Biologist and Geoscientist
Cosmin Tudor Restaurant Manager
Lorcan Kelly Tax Consultant
Hazel Valuations and Business Modelling
Part Two Meet the People Who Make the Technology You Use
Elaine Steiro Franchisee
Dr Jan Steiner Anaesthetist
Caroline Austin Associate Tax Lawyer
John Harding Mechanical Engineer
Naoise Pye Social Care Worker
Aoife Auditor
Lisa Kelly Speech and Language
Des Lalor Wind Engineer
Brian Kelly Science Entrepreneur
Stephen Assurance Consultant
Emilia Gilroy Garda
Breda Wright Customer Care Manager
Lynsey Gargan Manufacturing Engineer
Alan O'Neill Fisherman
John Traynor Development Analyst
Damien Mason Mechanical Engineer
Rachel Grogan and Tomás Barrett Garda Reserve
Dave McDonald Astronomer
Niamh Briggs Garda
Noel O'Sullivan Skipper
Mark	Maguire Apprentice Electrician
#TechTeamTour Teen Vs.Tech
Steven Kilgannon Garda Trainee
Paul Galvan Resource Teacher
Louise Lynch Structural Engineer
James Stewart Science Communicator
Aoife Lyons Occupational Psychologist
Aileen Deasy Seafood Technologist
Kieran Magee Farm Manager - Dry Stock
Maurese Risk Advisory Consultant
Elva Bannon Mechatronic Engineer
Ann-Marie Holmes Factory Manager - Fab 14
Louise Mc Donald Private (Line)
Cian O'Mahony Science Teacher
Elaine McGarrigle Mechanical Engineer
Edel Butler Administrative Officer
Paul Harding Prison Officer
Fergal Feehely Apprentice Painter Decorator
Rosa Doran Astronomy Educator
Jennifer Bourke Third Secretary - Press Officer
Brian	Conville Bricklayer
Eileen Faherty Electrician / Quantity Surveyor
Andrew Dunne Senior Tax Manager
Kevin Moran Insurance Administrator
Simon Nix Administrative Officer