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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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At a Glance... header image

Sings with a band, choral group or solo, recording songs and entertaining people with live performances.


The Work header image

Singers specialise in either classical or popular music. Classical singers may work in the opera or as part of a choir. Popular singers may sing jazz, pop, rock or blues. All singers spend a lot of time practising and attending singing lessons.  
 
Until they have had enough success to employ a manager or agent, most singers have to organise their own bookings, negotiate fees and contracts, and organise and plan performances.  
 
As well as giving live performances, singers may spend time in recording studios, making CDs and recordings for radio, film and television. As they become more successful, they may spend time touring, promoting their records and giving concerts. Successful popular singers also have to appear in videos to accompany their songs.  
 
Performing requires creativity and imagination and the job could be very demanding. You will have to cope with standing for many hours rehearsing. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or customer instructions.

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Sing as a soloist or as a member of a vocal group.

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Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.

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Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.

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Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches to develop voice and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.

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Sing a cappella or with musical accompaniment.

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Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.

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Make or participate in recordings.

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Seek out and learn new music suitable for live performance or recording.

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Compose songs or create vocal arrangements.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Selling or Influencing Others:  Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Monitoring and Controlling Resources:  Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be physically fit and healthy, and able to sing for several hours a day if necessary. You will need to discipline yourself to practise and have enough self-confidence to accept criticism and rejection. You will also need the confidence to perform in front of huge audiences.  
 
Singers involved in pantomimes and stage musicals usually need to be able to act and dance as well as sing. Operatic soloists have to be able to sing in several languages.


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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
  Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
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