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 Brenda O Loughlin from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

Brenda O Loughlin

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McDonald's

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Brenda O Loughlin
I guess I would tell anyone considering this job that they need to be able to multi task, have good people and communication skills and be prepared to work hard.
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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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Higher Education - (3 & 4)


Courses at third level are offered mostly by Universities (7 colleges), Institutes of Technology (14 colleges), the Colleges of Education (5 colleges), and independent Private colleges.  The first three are substantially State funded and take part in the government free fees scheme, whereas Private colleges are all fee paying.

Ed Zone 3 Courses

These courses are two-year programmes leading to a Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6). They are run mostly in the 14 Institutes of Technology around the country and in many PLC Colleges as a second year after completion of a Level 5 Award.

On completion, participants can:

  • enter directly into employment, or
  • continue on to an Ordinary (Level 7)  or Honours Degree (Level 8) in a related sector.

Ed Zone 4 Courses

These courses last  three to four years (full-time) and lead to an Ordinary (NFQ Level 7) or Honours (NFQ Level 8) Degree.

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Application to undergraduate (first time) entry third level courses is done through the CAO.

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Note:
 Mature students (over 23 years) can apply to CAO even if they do not have a Leaving Certificate. There are many university access programmes available that support mature students to progress into degree programmes within the universities. For further information about access courses, contact HEA www.hea.ie or phone 1890 200637.

Some interesting facts about Third Level education in Ireland:

Third Level Stats