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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.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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DCU Up 13 Places in QS World Uni Rankings

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DCU Up 13 Places in QS World Uni Rankings

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 

DCU Up 13 Places in QS World Uni Rankings

Sharp rise for Dublin City University in global university rankings.

DCU has risen 13 places to 353 in this year’s QS World University Rankings, the highest increase of any Irish university.

President of the college, Professor Brian MacCraith, welcomed the improved ranking, saying, “This significant rise in position for DCU is driven primarily by an improvement in our scores in research output. In the last 5 years, the volume of publications and citations captured under the QS ranking has increased significantly highlighting the success of our strategy to become one of the world’s leading young, research-intensive universities.”

Since 2010, the total number of DCU research publications captured within the ranking has increased by 58% while citations of DCU research have more than doubled. This rise in the QS World University Rankings follows closely on DCU’s achievement earlier this year of 75th place in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Rankings, the only Irish university to have featured in this league table every year since the rankings were first published.

The QS World University Ranking is an annual league table of nearly 900 universities in the world. Its purpose of the QS World University Ranking is to recognise universities as the multi-faceted organisations they are and to provide a global comparison of their success against the national mission of remaining or becoming world-class. The rankings are based on four broad areas of interest - research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

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