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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:
|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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|North Kerry College of Further Education|
|Saturday 23 September.|
|Pulse College - Open Event - Saturday 23rd September 12pm|
|Tuesday 26 September.|
|University College Dublin - UCD - Guidance Counsellor's Seminar|
|Friday 29 September.|
|IT Sligo - AbbVie Sports Scholarship & Internship|
|Thursday 5 October.|
|Gurteen Agricultural College - Open Day|
|Friday 6 October.|
|Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College - Open Day|
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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in this level.
Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.
Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.
This two year course will provide approximately 400 hours of actual laboratory experience, a valuable level of experience for potential employers. You will study a range of science subjects over this two year programme. These will include Microbiology (the study of bacteria, fungi and viruses), Biochemistry (the chemistry of life) and Drug Delivery (how drugs are manufactured and tested).
This blend of fundamental and applied subjects will enhance your understanding of the relevance of the subjects to the real world and provide the basis for more advanced study in the add-on B.Sc. programme the following year.
|To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]
To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.
PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.Search for PLC Courses offering these awards
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Some of our past students have developed careers in hospital laboratories, in industry and in research. Graduates have stayed in ITT or moved onto other Institutes of Technology and Universities to complete Masters and Doctoral Level programmes. Two of our former Certificate level graduates have attended Harvard University!
This course prepares people for work relating to the following Career Sectors. Click to explore more...
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|Chemistry Laboratory Technician|
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|Regulatory Affairs Officer|
|Test / Validation Engineer|
|Biological / Microbiological Scientist|