Could you be a bud­ding florist?

Rutherglen Reformer - - Local Jobs And Beyond -

IT may in­clude some very early starts to get to mar­ket on time but work­ing as a florist has some huge re­wards.

Flow­ers are how peo­ple mark some of the most im­por­tant mo­ments in their lives.

And, as a florist, you get to be part of that, whether it is making a posy to say thank you, fab­ri­cat­ing some won­der­ful wed­ding creations or, sadly, putting to­gether a wreath to say good­bye.

And that means, of course, you will have to be sym­pa­thetic and be able to get along with peo­ple, offering them ad­vice and help on types of flow­ers and colour schemes.

At cer­tain times of the year, you can ex­pect to be very busy – such as Mother’s Day and St Valen­tine’s Day – and that means you may have to work long hours dur­ing th­ese pe­ri­ods.

It goes with­out say­ing that it helps if you are quite artis­tic and able to put tex­tures and shapes to­gether to make some­thing that will please your client.

And as well as per­sonal cus­tomers, you can also ex­pect to have to cre­ate flo­ral de­signs for busi­ness and cor­po­rate cus­tomers – per­haps to dec­o­rate ta­bles at a con­fer­ence or even an awards cer­e­mony.

It helps to start off by per­haps work­ing as a Satur­day helper in an es­tab­lished florist’s, where you can learn the rudi­ments and de­cide if this is in­deed the ca­reer for you.

Flow­ers can be beau­ti­ful to work with but they do have to be kept in a cool en­vi­ron­ment to be seen and used to their best.

Work­ing in a shop means that you will learn how to take care of stock and when and how much to buy in to suit your or­ders.

It will also teach you how to speak to cus­tomers and de­velop a skill of ex­plain­ing the world of flow­ers to them.

Many peo­ple choose par­tic­u­lar flow­ers be­cause they have a spe­cial mean­ing and this is some­thing else you may wan to learn.

For ex­am­ple, red roses are for love and vi­o­lets for faith­ful­ness.

Ul­ti­mately, you can run your own busi­ness, whether it is a shop or ca­ter­ing to a busi­ness clien­tele, and it is very help­ful to have a driv­ing li­cence so that you can de­liver your goods.

In the be­gin­ning, a trainee florist can ex­pect to be on the na­tional min­i­mum wage, which will rise as you gain more ex­pe­ri­ence.

Your em­ployer may also ar­range for you to go to col­lege and study for a cer­tifi­cate or diploma in floristry.

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