Daryl Holden

For Daryl Holden, studying Horticulture (Level 3) at University College Isle of Man (UCM), provided him with an opportunity to completely change his career path, and begin working outdoors, in an environment which suited his hands-on and creative skillset.

 A change of direction

 Daryl began his journey at UCM studying business before entering the world of retail for 14 years, however he realised that returning to education and reskilling, was a chance to challenge himself and try something completely out of his comfort zone.

“I wasn’t happy sitting behind a desk and continuing to do a job which I genuinely didn’t enjoy. I have always loved the outdoors, so I returned to College to study the Horticulture (Level 2) course and enjoyed it so much, that I returned for the Level 3!”.

Balancing my studies

 “During my time at UCM, I had to balance my studies alongside my work. UCM challenged me to manage my time carefully and ensure I completed my coursework to the best of my ability, whilst continuing to work.”

Horticulture is the science and art of the development, sustainable production, and use of high-value, intensively cultivated food and ornamental plants.

Studying this diverse subject involves gaining the appropriate knowledge and skills required to work with plants, maintain turf as a groundskeeper, care for plants as a gardener, and even design gardens and parks as a landscape artist.

Recommend to others?

“I would definitely recommend studying Horticulture (Level 2&3) at UCM because it really does open up possibilities everywhere, and the tutors provide you with so much of their time and support; they want you to succeed.”

“Studying at UCM really did give me the drive to want to continue in this career, and not return to my old one. Now, I genuinely enjoy what I do.”

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