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:

 

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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So you want to be a Property Surveyor

Do you have a strong business acumen? Are you a creative problem-solver? Do you like dealing with people? Are you looking for a varied career that puts you at the heart of organisations globally?

Property Surveyors are highly trained professionals who specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Estate Agency

  • Commercial Property (retail, office, industrial, hotels and leisure)

  • Valuation and Investment

  • Property and Facilities Management

  • Arts and Antiques

  • Forestry and Rural Land


Where do they work?

Property Surveying is a surprisingly varied career, and surveyors work in all aspects of industry, both private and public sectors.

As a surveyor in private practice, you might find yourself advising Google on where best to locate their new offices or helping Forever 21 identify the best retail pitch in Dublin. In terms of residential property, a surveyor’s clients can vary from a young couple buying their first home to an international film director looking for a short-term letting. Surveyors provide expert advice to financial institutions and pension funds on property investments. As a surveyor in the public sector, you could be at the heart of Government decisions regarding State owned properties and portfolios, including forestry.

What sort of subjects should you be interested in to pursue a career in this area?

An interest in business and an aptitude for maths are a distinct advantage. But property is a wide ranging career, and courses include subjects such as law, economics, Information Technology and management. Surveyors are consummate communicators, so you should be good at English.

It’s worth noting that property surveying tends to be a very sociable and team-based career – ideal for those who enjoy interacting with and meeting lots of new people.


Article by: SCSI - The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland