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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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Business, Secretarial & Administration Studies - Advanced

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St. Fanahan's College

St. Fanahan's College
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course aims to equip students to meet the needs of a growing economy with business administration and information technology skills. Students with also gain an understanding of the concepts and processes of business management. The programme deals with many functions within business such as, Management, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Economics, Marketing Management, Business and Company Law.

What will you Study?

Business Management
Costing
Team Leadership
Business Planning
Personal and Professional Development
Project Management
Financial Reporting
Entrepreneurship
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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Chartered Secretary   Managing Director  
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Personnel Manager    Personnel Officer  
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Office Receptionist   Wages / Payroll Clerk  
Office Administrator   Front Office Junior Manager  
Clerical Assistant   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Freight Forwarder / Clerk   Personal Assistant  
Payroll Manager   Archivist  
Secretary   Wedding Planner  
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Music Manager   Bank / Financial Manager   
Recruitment Team Leader   Risk Analyst  
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Department Manager   Procurement Officer / Buyer  
Retail Manager   Call Centre Manager  
Area Sales Manager   Distribution Manager  
Accounts Assistant   Taxation Consultant  
Management Accountant   Accountant  
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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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