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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.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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50 Jobs for Dublin with Deliveroo

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50 Jobs for Dublin with Deliveroo

Monday, April 20, 2015 

50 Jobs for Dublin with Deliveroo

Online-based food delivery service, Deliveroo, has officially launched in Dublin, with plans to create more than 50 jobs.

The website allows users to order food from local restaurants around the city, which will be delivered to them in an average of 32 minutes. Irish entrepreneur Dylan Collins, is among a group of investors who recently injected €22 million in second round funding into the firm, bringing to €25 million the total amount raised by the company.

Mr Collins said he had invested in the firm through his venture capital firm, Hoxton Ventures, because he is a food nerd and because the Deliveroo team is one which is capable of building a world class company.

Deliveroo is different from other online food delivery services in that it employs its own drivers and online logistics platform to deliver food from higher end restaurants.

The service will be available in Dublin 2, 4 and 6 initially, but the business is planning to expand it further.

The firm has recruited account managers, customers service agents and logistics managers from established technology companies like Amazon, Hailo and the Dublin Web Summit to run its Irish operation.

25 drivers have already been recruited to deliver the food from the more than 40 participating restaurants, including Carluccio’s, Little Ass Burrito Bar and Unicorn.

The company plans to recruit a further 25 as its roll out continues. Deliveroo will only deliver to addresses within 2.4km or eight minutes of the participating restaurants, in order to ensure quality is maintained.

The company already has 1,000 outlets in the UK on its books and Dublin is the first location outside of Britain that it is expanding into. A soft launch is already under way in Paris and Berlin will follow shortly. Deliveroo charges the user a flat fee of €3 per order, while the participating restaurants pay it 30% commission per order.

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