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 Frank Morrison from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Frank Morrison

Recruitment Manager

Health Service Executive

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Frank Morrison
Be prepared for hard work.
Be a team player.
Have a good sense of humour.
Learn from your mistakes.
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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Progression Routes


As an adult learner, you decide what education and training options best suit you. Whatever your situation, adult learning options are varied and designed to be enjoyable, relevant to what you are interested in and flexible to fit in with work and family life.

You can start of with short taster courses to try out different areas for example: computer courses, childcare courses, communications and so on. You can then build on these, progress and and gain more accrediation in these particular areas.

Understanding how students progress in Ireland through the PLC route can be a little tricky. It's worth noting that up to 20% of all applications to HEIs (Higher Education Institutes) come from the FET sector (Further Educaiton and Training) 

The important point is that FET courses carry accreditation through the Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI) framework.

These progression opportunities are a real stepping stone for adult learners - in summary:

Any student with a full QQI Award at Level 5 (or 6) can use this certificate qualification to compete for a place in a Third Level College, if the college is one of the 38 HEIs that allow progression to a degree and beyond.

Progressing from one course to another: From FET (Levels 3-6) to HEI (Levels 6-10)

To calculate how QQI results compare to Leaving Certificate points: see QQI Points Calculator

Below is a practical example of how a learner may progress from one level to the next. (The example relates to the Clondalkin/Tallaght area, but it applies to all learners).

Source: "RoadMap to Training and Education in the Clondalkin area"

The model above is a 'roadmap'. It shows the journey for a Learner who wants to pursue a qualification in Computer Science. The Learner starts with a basic level computer course in the local area, and progresses, in a series of stages, to a third level course in a university, and right up to a Doctorate:

  1. Level 3 course - General Learning with IT
  2. Level 4 course - Computer Information Technology
  3. Level 5 course - Computer Programming and Multimedia
  4. Level 6 course - Higher Certificate in Science in Information Technology
  5. Level 7- 8 course - Bachelor of Science in Computing
  6. Level 9 - Masters in Computer Science
  7. Level 10 - PHD in Computer Science
To begin your Learner journey, start by searching our PLC course databaseclick here  

Note: If the course that interests you offers progression pathways to level 6, 7 and 8 courses this green link   will appear beside the course title.