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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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A typical day in the life of a Recruitment Consultant

So, what do recruitment consultants get up to throughout the day? Surely it's just a few interviews, emails and a couple of calls isn't it? Find out what recruitment consultant, David Riordain get's up to on an average work day.

8am - Hit the office early and get organised for the early morning candidate Interviews circa 30 minutes each. Soon after, back at the desk to review the Market for new opportunities and new openings with existing core clients. Consider my top candidates and explore if there might be an appetite among some of my top clients to discuss their details and potentially meet.

Before lunch send on my screened candidate CVs and their full summary reports to my current openings engaged. Make that call to get a reference for my recently placed candidate and enquire how they are proposing to backfill the role. Congratulate the few candidates I did not place on their new jobs and have a conversation.

Call all candidates to update on the latest progress regarding their applications and any new information ensuring to share any market information assist them with general career advice as necessary. Meet another recently qualified ACA during lunchtime.

Have a sandwich ...

Time to get away from the desk now and jump in the taxi to visit my new client in order to ensure full understanding of their requirement. Get it all documented on the DB.

Back in the office now and I put on my creative hat and write a Blog, Write an eye-catching Job Advert, update my LinkedIN and develop a mailing list.

(Blood sugar low!! ... break out the 4pm snack) - On the phone again, calling all current candidates to share interview feedback and follow up calling the clients to discuss the interview performance.

Co-ordinate candidate Interview times and availability for successful 2nd and 3rd round interviews next week all the while managing timelines, expectations and sharing information.

Time for the best part and I call the successful candidate to pass on the offer from the priority client to their preferred candidate and then switch in to admin mode and record all the administrative details.

End of the day and just as I am about to relax an exciting new role is called in : Time is of the essence and so I get straight in to a Boolean search on our database and review the suitable good candidates front of my mind. Search LinkedIn and connect, Get an ad posted up quickly, record all activity through the system, headhunt / approach passive prospects and share market information with anyone I speak to.

Send out my congratulations cards to the successful accountants placed last month.

Teatime! and look at that … it’s CASSI Bootcamp evening (FAE student career advice) so the team and I have three 30 minute career conversations each !! But we don’t mind because this will kick off a long term connection with this years new ACA’s and we will hopefully mentor their careers for the many years ahead!!

Home, Eat, Sleep .. and get up and do it all again tomorrow!

Article by: Morgan McKinley