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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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Experience College Life at MIC with 2 Taster Days

MIC Campus, Limerick Taster Sessions

  • Date/Time: 11am-1pm Friday, 22nd April 2016
  • Location: Tara Building, MIC Campus, Limerick

To Register email: patrick.cosgrove@mic.ul.ie

MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles Taster Day

  • Date/Time: 10.30am Saturday 23rd of April 2016
  • Location: MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus, Thurles

To register email: paula.hourigan@mic.ul.ie

These events will provide you with a great opportunity to attend taster lectures, tour the campus and experience college life at MIC.

Thus giving you greater insight when making your final decision on what programmes to include on your CAO Application form.

NB* Attendance for both events is by registration only. In registering for the MIC Campus, Limerick Taster Sessions please remember to state which programme session you wish to attend. For those interested in the Liberal Arts Programmes please specify which subjects you would be interested in hearing more about.

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