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.

We asked Paul Dowling from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Computer Systems and Networks


Course Code:  5M0536
Award Code(s):  5M17814
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is designed to give participants the core skills required in the computer science industry and to prepare students for careers demanding specialist knowledge of programming, networking implementation and web technology.

 

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.

Computer Systems Hardware
Networking Essentials
Operating Systems
Computational Methods or Mathematics
ICT Security
Programme Planning and Design Principles
Virtualisation Support
Communications
Work Preparation and Experience

 

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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Sample Careers...
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.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
Digital Media Designer   CAD Technician  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Scientist  
ICT Staff - EU   Web Designer / Developer  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Web Editor  
Network Administrator   Database Administrator  
Network Engineer   Information Architect - IT  
Multimedia Designer   Android /iOS App Developer  
Multimedia Technical Manager   IT Consultant  
Computer Systems Sales Manager   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   Software Developer / Architect  
Test Lead - Software   Engineer - Software  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   IT Security Specialist  
Data Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer System Administrator  
Engineer - Computer Hardware   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Computer Scientist   Geographical Information Systems Technicians  
Games Tester   Software Localisation  
Computer Assembly Technician   Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Computer Trainer/Instructor   IT Trainer  
Engineer - Electronic   Engineer - Telecommunications  

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.
Computers & ICT
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

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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5M0536