Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Brian Cadigan from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Brian Cadigan

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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Brian Cadigan
Don't just go into teaching because you are looking for long holidays. To teach everyday you need to like children, be very patient and understanding. However I feel it is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.
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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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Awarding Bodies


Awarding bodies are organisations that are empowered to ‘make awards’, or ‘award qualifications’. This function should not be confused with similar functions such as award recognition or licence to practice, which reside with certain professional organisations.

Most major awards are made by awarding bodies with statutory powers, but there are also many professional organisations that make their own awards. While most programmes and courses in Ireland lead to Irish qualifications on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), it is also the case that many programmes lead to non-Irish awards, for example awards from international bodies, or national awards from other jurisdictions (mainly UK).

Certain institutions are both providers of programmes and awarding bodies in their own right: these are the universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Irish Awarding Bodies

Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI awards)

As the national awarding body for all further education and training in Ireland, QQI makes awards for learning in programmes in training centres, in further education colleges, in the community and in the workplace. 

It is anticipated that increasing number of learners achieving QQI further education and training awards will use these qualifications to achieve entry to higher education programmes in the coming years, including directly through the CAO system.

Reference to the former awarding bodies “FETAC” and “HETAC” has been removed and now replaced by “QQI”.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC)

SEC makes awards for learning in school programmes – Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate.

Third Level Providers

The Irish universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology make awards for programmes provided under their own aegis, and for some programmes provided in other institutions. The universities are:

  • University of Limerick
  • Dublin City University
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth

The National University of Ireland makes awards for programmes provided in its constituent colleges.

Professional Bodies

The following professional bodies have power to make awards arising from either Irish legislation or European Directive:

Awarding Bodies from outside Ireland

Several awarding bodies, that have authority in other jurisdictions to make awards in those jurisdictions, also make awards for learning on programmes in Ireland. In addition to a number of UK Universities, these include:


Other awarding bodies

Many courses lead to awards made by other awarding bodies or professional bodies whose awarding powers are either non-statutory or unknown, sometimes in addition to an award made by one of the statutory bodies listed above. There are also awards made by international or transnational awarding bodies, e.g. ECDL or CIDESCO. The validity and relevance of awards made by such bodies is a matter for the learner to consider.