Floral Design and Floristry as a Career

Written by Fay A Chamoun

Being a florist can be a very exciting and challenging career. Many people of all ages, from other working backgrounds are being retrained and enteringrepparttar floristry industry.

If you are considering a career in floristry, you should enjoy working with flowers and be willing to learn all aspects ofrepparttar 109282 floristry profession. You will need to be able to arrange flowers in an attractive manner and be a reasonably quick worker.

Our floristry school will teach you how to create floral designs for all types of occasions.

As a florist is dealing closely withrepparttar 109283 public, you should have a genuine liking for people, and have a pleasant and helpful manner.

Flowers touchrepparttar 109284 emotions of other peoples' lives. Customers ordering funeral tributes are often relatives or close friends ofrepparttar 109285 deceased and may be emotionally upset. As a florist,you will need to be sympathetic and understanding.

A florist hasrepparttar 109286 pleasure of helping a bride-to-be select justrepparttar 109287 right flowers and type of bridal bouquet forrepparttar 109288 most important day of her life - her wedding day.

The florist sharesrepparttar 109289 joy and excitment when a proud new father comes in to order flowers for his wife in hospital.

Floristry is not all glamour. There is a lot of hard work and long hours involved. The duties in a florist shop will include:- Unpacking stock as it comes intorepparttar 109290 florist shop

Conditioning flowers and watering plants

Pricing merchandise and displaying it attractively

Attending to customers

Answeringrepparttar 109291 telephone

Completing orders and making up designs forrepparttar 109292 shop

Making surerepparttar 109293 florist shop is clean and tidy

Keeping book work up to date

Changingrepparttar 109294 shop window display

Working in a Florist Shop

You will need to be able to work efficiently. A typical day in a florist shop could include ten wreaths for an early morning funeral, several arrangements and posies. Often a posy or a sheaf of flowers will need to be made up whilerepparttar 109295 customer waits.

A good employee has common sense, a positive attitude, is honest and a willing worker who sees what needs doing and does it in a cheerful and efficient manner.

An employer will appreciate a capable employee who hasrepparttar 109296 employer's interest at heart and ill co-operate and help with any duties involved inrepparttar 109297 running ofrepparttar 109298 floristry business.

Applying for a Position in a Florist Shop.

You should present yourself favourably, be well groomed, polite and have an enthusiastic manner. If you have any references from previous positions, report cards or personal references, take these with you. You may like to take samples or photographs of your floral designs with you. Naturally, any photographs or samples should be of a high standard withrepparttar 109299 flowers arranged attractively and colours blended tastefully. Any wiring and taping should be neatly done.

The florist may ask you to make up a bowl arrangement, wreath or a sheaf. You will be expected to choose suitable flowers and foliage in colours which blend well together and make up a professional looking design in a reasonable amount of time (approximately 15-20) minutes for a standard arrangement).

Do not worry if you are a bit nervous. Florists are usually understanding people and will make allowances for this. It is far better to be a little nervous rather than have an over confident and "know it all" manner.

A few years ago a position was advertised for a junior in a very busy florist shop in a leading shopping centre in Melbourne. There were over forty applicants, but one of our students was successful because she could showrepparttar 109300 florist she was capable of creating attractive floral designs.

Pumpkin Teaching Tip

Written by Freda J. Glatt, M.A.

At this time of year, try using a REAL pumpkin when making your pies, bread, etc.  Why?    1. Children will see whatrepparttar inside of a pumpkin really looks like. Have them use adjectives to describe what they see, smell, and feel. Depending uponrepparttar 109281 age group, have children draw or write aboutrepparttar 109282 experience and mail it to a friend or relative.    2. Bakerepparttar 109283 seeds. If possible, compare them to seeds you buy atrepparttar 109284 grocery store. Which tastes better? Why do you think so? Which is cheaper? (NOTE: Rememberrepparttar 109285 cost ofrepparttar 109286 pumpkin for this answer!) Do these seeds remind you of any other seeds you can eat? Which ones?    3. By all means, let your children help you bake! They will be practicing measurement skills, reading, following directions, and sequencing, not to mention health and safety. Ask what would happen if they put in too much or too little of an ingredient. What would happen if they skipped a step or reversedrepparttar 109287 order? For instance, they put allrepparttar 109288 ingredients in a bowl without mixing them, pour this intorepparttar 109289 pie shell, and bake. What do they thinkrepparttar 109290 final result will look and taste like? By asking such questions, children practice critical thinking.

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