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.

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Paul Dowling

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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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Course Code:
DL825
Title:
Applied Psychology
College:
Dun Laoghaire IADT
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
4 Years

 

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Applied psychology is when an understanding of psychology is applied to real world problems.

Consider how technology has changed many aspects of life such as the workplace, entertainment, socialising, learning, even how we shop. Sport, health and even learning are made clearer through the application of psychological principles.

New technologies are changing how we communicate and work, text messaging, social networking sites, online chat, etc. How will these change society and how we interact? Everything is made clearer through the application of psychological principles. This degree is a unique opportunity to study how psychology applies to everyday life, especially our use of technology, and how it can create new ways to improve our quality of life.



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You can work or study in all branches of psychology as the degree is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

IADT graduates have studied for Masters Degrees in Forensic Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Speech and Language Therapy, Sports Psychology, Multimedia, and e-Learning. They are also working as usability engineers, research assistants, instructional designers, or are employed in human resources and a variety of other jobs.

You can also progress to IADT's MSc in Cyberpsychology.

 

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2013 Points

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Distinctions in three modules.
Plus a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or B20029 or 5N2066 or LCE Maths.


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