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 Dave McDonald from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Dave McDonald

Astronomer

Smart Futures

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Dave McDonald

A caring attitude is essential for Health and Safety – you need to be passionate about getting the message across to people and telling them why it is so important. After all, no-one wants to see anyone suffer harm or be in pain.

For astronomy, a yearning for answering the unanswered questions is a must. You also need to be dedicated and focused and not put off by the weather

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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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CAO courses accepting 5M4349 DCHSN Nursing Studies Level 5

CAO Code Course Title College Points NFQ Level
AL830  General Nursing 

Athlone IT - AIT 

398 
AL832  Psychiatric Nursing 

Athlone IT - AIT 

378 
AL860  Social Care Practice 

Athlone IT - AIT 

300 
AS110  General Nursing 

St. Angelas College 

387 
AS130  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

St. Angelas College 

307 
CK101  Arts - Archaeology 

University College Cork - UCC 

340 
CK102  Social Science 

University College Cork - UCC 

378 
CK104  Arts with Music (BMus or International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

367 
CK105  Film and Screen Media (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

422 
CK107  Geographical and Archaeological Sciences 

University College Cork - UCC 

337 
CK108  Arts International 

University College Cork - UCC 

466 
CK109  English (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

420 
CK110  World Languages 

University College Cork - UCC 

476 
CK112  Drama and Theatre Studies 

University College Cork - UCC 

408 
CK113  Criminology (4 yrs for International Pathway) 

University College Cork - UCC 

412 
CK114  Social Science - Youth & Community Work (Mature Applicants) 

University College Cork - UCC 

 
CK117  Economics (through Transformational Learning) 

University College Cork - UCC 

419 
CK118  Digital Humanities and Information Technology 

University College Cork - UCC 

379 
CK210  Government 

University College Cork - UCC 

360 
CK301  Law (Pathways) 

University College Cork - UCC 

475 
CK302  Law and French 

University College Cork - UCC 

510 
CK304  Law and Irish 

University College Cork - UCC 

496 
CK307  Law and Business 

University College Cork - UCC 

543 
CK706  Public Health Sciences 

University College Cork - UCC 

429 
CK710  General Nursing 

University College Cork - UCC 

433 
CK712  Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) 

University College Cork - UCC 

498 
CK720  Mental Health Nursing 

University College Cork - UCC 

411 
CK730  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

University College Cork - UCC 

378 
CK740  Midwifery 

University College Cork - UCC 

443 
CW106  Physiology and Health Science 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

420 
CW178 CEY  Sport Science (Common Entry) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

400 
CW178 SES  Sport Science (Sport and Exercise Science) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

400 
CW178 SCO  Sport Science (Strength and Conditioning) 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

400 
CW188  Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 

Institute of Technology Carlow 

441 
DC209  Health and Society 

Dublin City University - DCU 

420 
DC215  General Nursing 

Dublin City University - DCU 

425 
DC216  Mental Health Nursing 

Dublin City University - DCU 

369 
DC217  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

Dublin City University - DCU 

376 
DC218  Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) 

Dublin City University - DCU 

473 
DK870  General Nursing 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

388 
DK872  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

332 
DK874  Mental Health Nursing 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

356 
DK877  Midwifery 

Dundalk IT - DKIT 

419 
DN450  General Nursing 

University College Dublin - UCD 

409 
DN451  Childrens and General Nursing (Integrated) 

University College Dublin - UCD 

467 
DN452  Midwifery 

University College Dublin - UCD 

462 
DN453  Mental Health Nursing 

University College Dublin - UCD 

381 
DN700 CSS   Computational Social Science  

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 EMS  Economics, Mathematics & Statistics 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 LSS  Landscapes & Society 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 PPE  Philosophy, Politics and Economics 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700 TSC  Social Sciences 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DN700  Archaeology - Social Sciences 

University College Dublin - UCD 

 
DT424  Food Science and Management 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

290 
DT425  Pharmacy Technician Studies 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

357 
DT571  Social Care 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

388 
DT572  Early Childhood Education 

Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT 

380 
GA880  General Nursing (Castlebar) 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

389 
GA882  Psychiatric Nursing (Castlebar) 

Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 

353 
GY261  Business Studies In International Hotel Management (Shannon) 

NUI Galway 

507 
GY515  General Nursing (Galway and Portiuncula) 

NUI Galway 

442 
GY516  Mental Health Nursing 

NUI Galway 

403 
GY517  Midwifery 

NUI Galway 

430 
LM038  Psychology and Sociology 

University of Limerick - UL 

484 
LM102  Psychology 

University of Limerick - UL 

510 
LM150  General Nursing 

University of Limerick - UL 

440 
LM152  Mental Health Nursing 

University of Limerick - UL 

388 
LM154  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

University of Limerick - UL 

398 
LM156  Midwifery 

University of Limerick - UL 

434 
LY908  General Nursing 

Letterkenny IT - LYIT 

384 
LY918  Psychiatric Nursing 

Letterkenny IT - LYIT 

326 
LY928  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

Letterkenny IT - LYIT 

279 
MH101  Arts - Anthropology 

Maynooth University 

327 
MH102  Music Technology 

Maynooth University 

321 
MH107  Social Science 

Maynooth University 

366 
MH108  European Studies 

Maynooth University 

336 
MH109 MED  Media Studies 

Maynooth University 

327 
MH109 MTH  Media Technology 

Maynooth University 

331 
MH403  Accounting and Finance 

Maynooth University 

400 
MH404 BMA  Business and Management 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH404 MKT  Marketing 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH404 INB  International Business 

Maynooth University 

405 
MH405  Equine Business 

Maynooth University 

357 
MH407  Business and Accounting 

Maynooth University 

400 
MH411  Entrepreneurship 

Maynooth University 

356 
MH501  Law 

Maynooth University 

440 
MH502 LWA  Law and Accounting 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWB  Law and Business 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWC  Law and Criminology 

Maynooth University 

413 
MH502 LWD  Law and Arts 

Maynooth University 

413 
MU001  Theology and Arts 

Pontifical University, St Patricks College 

301 
MU002  Theology 

Pontifical University, St Patricks College 

888 
PC404  Applied Social Studies in Social Care  

Carlow College 

TA025  Social Care Practice 

IT Tallaght 

197 
TL890  General Nursing 

IT Tralee 

408 
TL891  Mental Health Nursing 

IT Tralee 

377 
TR091  General Nursing - Meath and St. James 

Trinity College Dublin - TCD 

403 
TR093  General Nursing (Adelaide School of Nursing) 

Trinity College Dublin - TCD 

396 
TR095  Mental Health Nursing 

Trinity College Dublin - TCD 

370 
TR097  Intellectual Disability Nursing 

Trinity College Dublin - TCD 

378 
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