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 Eileen Faherty from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

Eileen Faherty

Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Construction Industry Federation

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Eileen Faherty
My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Top 6 Reasons to Study at IT Sligo

It's CAO change of mind time ...

You still may not be 100% sure which course you want to do. Good news, making up your mind is about to get a whole lot easier as we give you the top 6 reasons why you should study at IT Sligo.

  • Over 60 industry-focused courses.
  • Current students praise our highly-qualified lecturers as one of IT Sligo’s greatest strengths.
  • Our learning supports are designed to help you realise your potential.
  • We are renowned leaders in the use of technology and online teaching tools.
  • Small class sizes mean that you benefit from the individual attention of our dedicated staff.
  • Our graduates work at the highest levels with national and international employers.

Find a course that suits you
We provide career-focussed courses in the areas of Business, Marketing, Tourism, Sport, Social Sciences, Civil Engineering and Construction, Computing and Creative Practices, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental and Life Sciences.

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IT Sligo’s Live Events:

College Information Evening
We’re hosting a ‘College Information Evening’ on Wednesday 28th June, from 5pm – 8pm. This event comes at a very important time in the CAO calendar just before the final CAO ‘Change of Mind’ final deadline (July 1st) and will be your last opportunity to:

  • Get any final information on courses – for example, what are the potential career paths, do you have the correct entry requirements or do you need Garda Vetting
  • Find out about the CAO offer stage, the acceptance process and what happens next
  • Hear tips on how to afford college – what documentation is required to apply for grants (SUSI), what fees need to be paid and when
  • Find out about savings and loan advice from AIB, in case you don’t qualify for a grant
  • Get organised before the rush and book your accommodation early
  • Chat to a careers advisor – what happens if I don’t get the points? What are my options?
  • Hear student to student advice – get inside tips from our Graduate Ambassador on student life at IT Sligo

Join us on Wednesday, 28th June, at 5pm and you could also be in with a chance to win €500 in cash to help kickstart your college life!

This event is free and open to all. No need to book – just turn up or contact us to find out more.

CAO Helpline
We are running a live ‘CAO Helpline’ every week day in June (9am – 5pm). If you have any query, big or small, we’d love to hear from you! Whether it’s about campus life, our courses, entry requirements, accepting your offer, Induction, clubs and societies, fees, grants or accommodation, call us now and we’ll talk you through the process.

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