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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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DC126
Actuarial Mathematics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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Actuarial Mathematics involves applying the science of chance - probability - to complicated problems encountered every day in insurance and high finance. It is a career suited to those who excel in mathematics and problem solving.

The actuarial profession helps people to manage their exposure to risk and its impact on their lives, property, health or future by using mathematics.

Finance encompasses topics such as economics, accounting, statistics, and investment, all with the focus on managing money efficiently.

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For entry 2016, there will be no FET entry route for this course

In exceptional circumstances applicants from second-level schools that do not offer Higher Level Mathematics may be accepted with a Grade A2 or A1 at Ordinary Level in Mathematics.

Such candidates should contact the Registry immediately on receipt of their Leaving Certificate Results quoting (a) CAO number; (b) Leaving Certificate results and (c) address and telephone number of their school.


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In Year Three students spend 8 months on a paid work placement (INTRA), where they gain practical skills and experience in a commercial environment which can help inform their choice of career.

Graduates find careers in Actuary Consultancy and Statistical Analysis, Research Data Analytics in the Financial Services, Pensions, General and Health Insurance.



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