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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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Book a Campus Tour

Posted on September 11, 2017

IT Sligo’s campus tours are ideal for students and their families who are considering a course at IT Sligo or who would like to see the campus, explore the facilities and find out more about their chosen course areas.

What does this tour include?
The tour will commence in Reception of the Main Building with a brief introduction from our team of Graduate Ambassadors on our programmes, facilities, student life and supports available.

The tour includes a visit to the Yeats Library, followed by a walk through the Institute’s extensive campus, School of Business and Social Sciences, new School of Science building and the School of Engineering and Design.

Visitors will also see our athletics track, playing pitches and sports facilities at the Knocknarea Arena, the Innovation Centre, Student Lounge and finish in the Student Support Services Building.

When are the tours?
Tours are offered on the first Friday of each month at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2:30pm. Your campus tour will last approximately 1 hour.

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