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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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The Best-Run Businesses Run SAP
The Best-Run Businesses Run SAP
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SAP was founded in 1972 by five engineers who had a vision to help businesses run better, faster and more efficiently with software solutions. Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, SAP has experienced a rich history of innovation and growth ever since.
At SAP you will get the opportunity to collaborate with creative thinkers who share your intelligence across the globe, and see your career grow with help from our best-in-class network and exceptional resources.
With flexibility, a career path built around your interests, and a chance to work on stuff that doesn't always feel like - well, work - SAP empowers you to run like never before. Are you ready to run?
Why Work at SAP?
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At SAP, we’re always looking for fresh talent to cultivate. We hire emlpoyees in the areas of:
Some more information on what the teams at SAP do ...
The team has two main areas:
The daily operations team ensures efficiencies across many areas including; reporting, managing costs, communications, compliance, travel, recruitment, training, on boarding of new hires, measuring employee engagement and organising events, supporting the management team with all administration activities and all other processes that are required to keep the organisation running at optimum levels.
From a customer delivery operations team perspective the team are responsible for safeguarding all service and support deliveries on an ongoing basis to our SAP customer base. This includes staffing our department team member’s onsite with customers or remote from the Dublin office. The delivery operations team in Ireland support delivery in all 5 major regions of the world. Our priority is with our North and Latin and America customer base.
Insurance & Integration Team
This department provides support for max attention and critical customers who have just implemented a new SAP system. We create PFG’s and WRICEFs for customers in order to fix their systems.Insurance and Integration aims to create workable design solutions for customers that need the support as quickly as possible.
Customer Interaction Centre CIC
SAP offers some of the best employee benefits in the industry, from performance-based rewards to comprehensive packages. The particular benefits package will depend on the position, location, and years with the company – but all of them come with plenty of flexibility for you. You’ll love the amount you see on your pay check every week – not to mention potential bonuses, share matching plans, and perks galore. Some of SAP’s main benefits include:
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SAP Ireland offers paid on-the-job experience through internships in our various lines of business while students are still at college and financial support through stipends when students are back at college.
SAP Ireland has partnered with Dublin City University (DCU) and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) to help top-level business and software talents develop their professional and technical skills.
As part of the 2 year programme, students will work with SAP teams in our offices in Dublin and Galway and may even get a chance to intern at various SAP locations around the world, including our headquarters near Heidelberg, Germany.Working for SAP
Working for SAP provides plenty of opportunities to volunteer for SAP and for other organisations. Every year SAP Employees vote for a charity organisation for the year, such as Ablata School, Galway Autism Partnership, Cancer Care West, GSPCA and Saving Grace, employees are given opportunities to volunteer for these organisations.
There are many other ways you can volunteer through SAP, for example Junior Achievement, a programme designed to give school students an appreciation of the value of work and enterprise. Employees get a chance to volunteer to teach programmes in local primary and secondary schools. SAP also host charity events, such as charity runs and cake sales.
All providing more opportunities for employees to volunteer within the work place. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to bond with your team, support your community, use your skills and support an SAP Signature Initiative.
SAP is the Number One Company for sustainability. Our Building in Galway is 100% self-sufficient, using solar power for electricity and heating. SAP have a huge focus on our responsibility to our environment, each year have sustainable development goals. Our Green Team organise an event each year, this year a clean beach in Galway and Dublin was chosen as the project. We also had Nissan in our Office in Galway showcasing their electric cars. SAP and our partners are always working on goals to achieve a sustainable future, such as affordable and clean energy, clean water and sanitation, industry, innovation and infrastructure.
SAP have bases in both Dublin and Galway.
Our Dublin office is made up of close to 1,200 employees spanning from 38 nationalities and spread out amongst 41 lines of business. Our teams are responsible for service and support for out large customer base, sales and financial services, IT support and customer development.
Our newly established AppHaus is a Research and Development centre which develops software solutions and analysis tools. Our Centre of Expertise is the central collaboration hub for SAP business and IT departments to work with you on all aspects of your SAP Solution.
Dublin: SAP's AppHaus
SAP’s operation in Galway is a Service and Support Centre, with teams involved in Cloud Computing, Multilingual Support, Technical Writing, Media Development, Translation, License Auditing, and Partner Services. It covers 29 languages and has colleagues from 38 nationalities. We assist our customers in German, French, Italian, Dutch, Porteugese, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Sweedish, Norwegian and Greek.
Galway: SAP’s Customer Interaction Centre
|There continues to be a skills shortage in the ICT sector at both graduate and experienced levels. People with strong technical qualifications/experience are currently in demand and this trend is set to continue. SAP are always looking for people with a second language.
At SAP we pride ourselves on being:
Having the motivation to do work is highly valued within SAP. While some tasks can be challenging, we try to motivate our employees by creating a happy and open workplace and also through our sports and social club which allows employees to meet up, socialise and have fun outside of work.
SAP strives to involve teamwork in all aspects of work life. Working in teams means sharing tasks, making friends and sharing each other’s knowledge in order to meet deadlines and create a great product and ultimately build our brand within the technology marketplace.
The technology industry is a very competitive and ever changing environment. We see a large shift towards a customer focus within the industry and try to involve them in every aspect of our doings. Being flexible allows you to adapt to changing project requirements without reducing the overall productivity of you and your team.
The ability to consider new ideas and opinions is very important, specifically within team work. Being open minded frees your mind from limited thoughts and will make it easier to find solutions to problems as well as meet deadlines
We encourage innovation and flourish new ideas and ways of thinking. Being creative is just as important as being logical. Each and every employee in SAP is highly valued for their ability to see things differently. We have launched a start-up programme for small software firms looking to make it big within the software industry and provide them with the necessary tools to succeed. Innovation is what separates companies from each other, which is why we see it as an extremely important trait.
We love problem solvers and their ability to solve a problem no matter how big or small it is. Problems will arise when working in a business and we love quick thinkers and decision makers that can solve these problems as soon as possible.