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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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Course Code(s):  6M5013
QQI Award Code:  6M5013 Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Carlow Institute of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5013
QQI Award Code 6M5013 Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year course/programme aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to work effectively in any business environment. It also qualifies students to pursue further studies in this area.

What will you Study?

Spreadsheets
Supervisory Management
Word Processing
Administration Studies
Accounting
Customer Service
Payroll Manual and Computerised
Work Experience
Personal and Professional Development
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BAXXX 6M5013

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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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Builders' Merchant   Chartered Secretary  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Protection Officer  
Business Analyst   Business Consultant  
Accounts Team Leader   Health & Safety Officer  
Managing Director   Charity Officer  
Arts agent/promoter   Project Manager  
Recruitment Consultant   Business Adviser  
Company Secretary   Industrial Relations Officer  
Management Consultant   Management Associate  
Hotel - General Manager   Manager - General  
Financial Trader   Financial Adviser  
Change Manager   Economist / Economist EU  
Psychologist - Occupational   Operations Research Analyst  
HR Director - Human Resources   Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Equality Officer   Personnel Manager   
Human Resources / Personnel Manager   Hospitality Management  
Personnel Officer   Staff Relations Official  
Human Resources Assistant - EU   Information Architect - IT  
IT Consultant   Information Systems Manager  
Data Analyst   Computer Systems Analyst  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   Big Data Specialist  
Data Change Agent   Personal Assistant  
Archivist   Secretary  
Front Office Junior Manager   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Payroll Manager   Letting Agent / Landlord  
Wedding Planner   School Principal  
Music Manager   Bank / Financial Manager   
Recruitment Team Leader   Risk Analyst  
Travel Agency Manager   Restaurant/Catering Manager  
Retail Manager   Call Centre Manager  
Procurement Officer / Buyer   Department Manager  
Area Sales Manager   Distribution Manager  
Accounts Assistant   Taxation Consultant  
Accountant   Management Accountant  

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.
Business Organisation & Business Management
Clerical & Administration
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

Ratio of Male to Female participants:

source: QQI

Grades Recieved:

source: QQI