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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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Information Officer

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Information Officer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€22 - 55 
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Entrants: 22 - 26
Established: 35 - 55
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Organises, researches and collects information in a specialised reference library.


The Work header image

Information Officers are not unlike librarians. They handle information in a variety of media, books, journals, newspapers, leaflets, video, audio cassettes, microfiche, multimedia, CDs, computer databases, etc. Their responsibilities include:

  • being aware for new publications and materials and deciding what to add to the library

  • cataloguing, classifying and indexing new material to make it available to library users

  • helping people to access the information

identifying, selecting, ordering and managing both hard copy and electronic resources for the organisations current and anticipated information needs. This may also include answering queries from an immediate client group and the general public. 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

As an Information Officer you need to be an out-going person capable of dealing with and communicating with people effectively both written and orally.  
 
You need to possess good research skills and an enquiring mind, an appreciation of the role of information technology and the ability to cope with it, as it is used extensively to record, store and disseminate information.  
 
A high level of literacy is required and an interest in reading is desirable to keep up to date with new information.  
 
You must also be able to market library services and teach users library and information-seeking skills.  
 
You also need to be able to work as part of a team in order to retrieve and communicate information to clients and other team members.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as you will need to keep yourself informed of latest developments.


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Organisation: UCD School of Information and Library Studies
  Address: Library Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 716 7055/7080
  Email: sils@ucd.ie
  Url www.ucd.ie/sils/
   

 

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