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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Posted on June 14, 2017

Top 6 Reasons to Study at IT Sligo

It's CAO change of mind time ...

You still may not be 100% sure which course you want to do. Good news, making up your mind is about to get a whole lot easier as we give you the top 6 reasons why you should study at IT Sligo.

  • Over 60 industry-focused courses.
  • Current students praise our highly-qualified lecturers as one of IT Sligo’s greatest strengths.
  • Our learning supports are designed to help you realise your potential.
  • We are renowned leaders in the use of technology and online teaching tools.
  • Small class sizes mean that you benefit from the individual attention of our dedicated staff.
  • Our graduates work at the highest levels with national and international employers.

Find a course that suits you
We provide career-focussed courses in the areas of Business, Marketing, Tourism, Sport, Social Sciences, Civil Engineering and Construction, Computing and Creative Practices, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental and Life Sciences.

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IT Sligo’s Live Events:

College Information Evening
We’re hosting a ‘College Information Evening’ on Wednesday 28th June, from 5pm – 8pm. This event comes at a very important time in the CAO calendar just before the final CAO ‘Change of Mind’ final deadline (July 1st) and will be your last opportunity to:

  • Get any final information on courses – for example, what are the potential career paths, do you have the correct entry requirements or do you need Garda Vetting
  • Find out about the CAO offer stage, the acceptance process and what happens next
  • Hear tips on how to afford college – what documentation is required to apply for grants (SUSI), what fees need to be paid and when
  • Find out about savings and loan advice from AIB, in case you don’t qualify for a grant
  • Get organised before the rush and book your accommodation early
  • Chat to a careers advisor – what happens if I don’t get the points? What are my options?
  • Hear student to student advice – get inside tips from our Graduate Ambassador on student life at IT Sligo

Join us on Wednesday, 28th June, at 5pm and you could also be in with a chance to win €500 in cash to help kickstart your college life!

This event is free and open to all. No need to book – just turn up or contact us to find out more.

CAO Helpline
We are running a live ‘CAO Helpline’ every week day in June (9am – 5pm). If you have any query, big or small, we’d love to hear from you! Whether it’s about campus life, our courses, entry requirements, accepting your offer, Induction, clubs and societies, fees, grants or accommodation, call us now and we’ll talk you through the process.


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