The most common way to enter this creative profession is to find work at a florist’s and then train and learn on the job. You will often be expected to do this whilst also following a relevant college course, either as a day release student or on a part-time basis. To find a place with a florist you must show a keen interest and it is helpful if you also have some retail experience as you will, of course, be dealing with customers. There are floristry apprenticeships available too and it is a good idea to check which schemes are available in your local area.
The qualities and skills required for the job include having an artistic flair, developing a growing knowledge of plants and flowers, having a helpful, pleasant manner and good communication skills and an ability to work under pressure. Working as a florist, like most retail jobs, will most likely include working on Saturdays. You will also be expected to work longer hours over busy times of the year like St. Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Christmas and Easter.
Once qualified, and with a few year’s experience under your belt, it is possible to do this job on a self-employed basis, maybe even working from home or you could even start your own business. There may also be opportunities later to go into floral design or teaching and lecturing.