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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lynsey Gargan

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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

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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Learn from Leading Educators in Irish Film & Television

The Irish Film & TV Network (IFTN) is the industry bible for and about the Irish film and television industry for over 20 years.

IFTN, with their network of alumni, Colleges, Institutes and Universities, have produced this useful guide to help students making important decisions about education for the industry. Check out the latest courses on offer, including those in the CAO system, complete with links to further information:

#IFTNTraining: DKIT 

The Dundalk Institute of Technology established the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music in 2015, which is now the creative hub of the institute, complete with TV and recording studios, performance venues and discipline specific lab spaces. The department boasts a range of courses in film and television production and related areas. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: DFEi 

Dun Laoighre Further Education Institute (DFEi) provides Further Education and Training (FET) courses and has experience in delivering a diverse range of programmes such as: Post Leaving Certificate, Apprenticeships, Labour Market Activation Courses and part-time Night classes. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: Filmbase 
As a resource organisation for the Irish film industry, Filmbase is a centre for, and run by, film makers. It provides a range of training courses designed for new and emerging film makers to learn the trade, as well as programmes for the more experienced film professional to upskill. Click here to read more from IFTN
#IFTNTraining: GMIT, Galway 

In the 2017 CAO, GMIT's - Centre for Creative Arts & Media (CCAM) offer a 3 - Year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Level 8) in Film & Documentary, CAO Code - GA281. This programme is designed to provide a specialised knowledge of the history, theory and practical working of documentary and film making. Embedded in the programme is the opportunity for ethical and philosophical discourse with regard to representation, media and new technologies. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: Griffith College 
Established in 1974, Griffith College is Ireland's largest independent third level institution. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide variety of sectors, from accountancy, business and computing to music, fashion, design and law. With three campus locations across Dublin, Cork and Limerick. We run through a selection of courses relevant to the TV, Film & Animation industries. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: IT Tralee 

The Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) offers courses which are tailored to suit both the creative media and business fields. The Department of creative media and information technologies has a young, innovative staff group whose passion in their specialised fields is evidenced by the dedication and enthusiasm with which they deliver their programmes. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: IADT Dun Laoghaire
As Ireland's only institute of art, design and technology with a specific focus on the creative cultural and technological sectors, IADT is alive with ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial activity. The Faculty of Art, Film & Related Technologies offers with a focus on research, creativity, technology and production. It also has strong links, and established partnerships with the commercial, academic, creative and cultural sectors. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: MIC, Co. Limerick

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has launched a new Bachelor of Arts degree (CAO Code: MI002), in collaboration with the University of Limerick, which will commence in the academic year 2017-2018. The new Bachelor of Arts is a four-year degree course in the Liberal Arts with three years on campus at MIC and one year on work placement and/or study abroad. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: Pulse College

Pulse College has been delivering a range of higher level diploma and degree programmes in film production, music production and music technology, film scoring, animation and game development for over twenty-five years. The courses on offer range from introductory level training for beginners to diploma, degree and masters programmes for those looking to create a lasting career. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: St. Johns, Co. Cork 
St Johns Central College in Cork is a vocational college offering both Level 5 and Level 6 training courses in film, television and digital video. Students who complete the latter may progress to a do a final year degree in Sunderland University in Britain. A selection of film and television oriented courses are provided below, with additional details on evening courses and other subjects available on the St. John's Central College website. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: The Gaiety School of Acting  
IFTN takes a look at the options available to students interested in acting courses at The Gaiety School of Acting .IFTN takes a look at the options available to students interested in acting courses at The Gaiety School of Acting IFTN takes a look at the options available to students interested in acting courses at The Gaiety School of Acting. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: Institute of Technology Carlow 
The programmes at the Institute of Technology Carlow span the Sciences, Health, Computing, Engineering, Business and Humanities disciplines. Offering first-class facilities and amenities on a modern and dynamic campus designed with the very best teaching and academic modules available Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: University College Cork 
University College Cork has over 20,000 students in attendance, with a Film & Screen Media CK105 Department offering both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The department also houses Alphaville, a fully peer-reviewed online journal edited and published by staff, PhD and postdoctoral researchers. The first of these is BA Film and Screen Media. Click here to read more from IFTN
 #IFTNTraining: WIT Waterford
The Higher Diploma in Arts in Television Production , developed by the Waterford Institute of Technology and Nemeton Television in partnership with Udarás na Gaeltachta, has been successfully preparing new media talent since 2006. This year long course is designed to provide students with the essential practical skills in order to work as professionals in the industry. Click here to read more from IFTN

The Training section on the IFTN website – is supported by the #IFTNTraining twitter feed with daily updates about courses, graduate profiles, interviews, and more.. 

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