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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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Blackrock Further Education Institute

Blackrock Further Education Institute


 

Computer Science


Course Code:  5M0529 CSC
Award Code(s):  5M17817
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
Are you a logical thinker? Are you interested in finding out how computer software works? Are you interested in a career in Irelands expanding computing industry? Are you looking for an alternative pathway to a degree in computer science? The computer science course in BFEI may be the course for you.

You will learn the fundamentals of computer science including computer programming, software development, software testing, web design and database design.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Object Oriented Programming (Java)
Software Architecture
Web Authoring
Maths
Database Methods
Spreadsheet Methods
Communications
Work Experience

Will I do anything additional on the course
Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the BFEI Guidance and Career Service.
Seminars on current and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, virtualisation, the internet of things, big data and forensic computing will be delivered.

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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