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 Nicola O'Higgins from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:

Nicola O'Higgins

Fishmonger

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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Nicola O'Higgins
You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.
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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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CAO courses accepting Any QQI Level 5/6 Award

CAO Code Course Title College Points NFQ Level
AD101  First Year Art & Design (Common Entry)  

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD102  Illustration and Graphic Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD103  Textiles, Jewellery & Objects 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD202  Design or Fine Art and Education 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD204  Fine Art 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD211  Fashion Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD212  Product Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AD222  Interaction Design 

National College of Art and Design - NCAD 

 
AL601  Electronics and Computer Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

228 
AL602  Mechanical Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

212 
AL604  Civil Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

AL630  Pharmacy Technician 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

290 
AL631  Dental Nursing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

273 
AL632  Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

190 
AL650  Business 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

200 
AL651  Music and Instrument Technology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AL652  Business in Equine 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

AL660  Culinary Arts 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

183 
AL661  Bar Supervision 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AL663  Business (Sport and Recreation) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

185 
AL701  ICT Engineering - Electronics & Wireless / Network Mgt / Computer Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

218 
AL704  Computer Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL705  Software Development (Mobile Apps and Connected Devices) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

204 
AL710  Mechanical Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL711  Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL712  Mechatronics 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

252 
AL713  Engineering (Common Entry) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

244 
AL721  Civil Engineering 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

225 
AL730  Biotechnology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL731  Veterinary Nursing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

400 
AL733  Forensic Toxicology 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

209 
AL734  Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development and Analysis) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

218 
AL751  Digital Marketing 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

207 
AL761  Hotel and Leisure Management 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

206 
AL763  Graphic Design 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

750 
AL764  Early Years Care and Education 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

268 
AL765  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

280 
AL855  Hospitality Management (with International Placement) 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
AL862  Design Technology & Innovation - CANCELLED 

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT 

 
BN001  Electronics and Computer Engineering 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

182 
BN002  Computing (Information Technology) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

195 
BN003  Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

188 
BN009  Mechatronic Engineering 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN010  Business and Information Technology 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN011  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

271 
BN012  Computer Engineering 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

194 
BN013  Computing (Information Technology) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN014  Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN015  Engineering - Common Entry 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN016  Business - Common Entry 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN017  International Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

180 
BN020  Sports Management and Coaching 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

252 
BN021  Creative Digital Media 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

195 
BN022  Horticulture 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN025  Community and Youth Development 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

BN030  Early Childhood Care and Education 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

230 
BN034  Digital Forensics and Cyber Security 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN040  Digital Marketing 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

190 
BN101  Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

253 
BN103  Business and Information Technology 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

252 
BN104  Computing (Information Technology) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

270 
BN107  Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

300 
BN108  Engineering (Common Entry) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

291 
BN109  Business (Common Entry) 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

261 
BN110  International Business 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

255 
BN111  Sports Management and Coaching 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN112  Creative Digital Media 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN113  Horticulture 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

 
BN114  Accounting and Finance 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

274 
BN115  Community and Youth Development 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

251 
BN117  Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

293 
BN118  Early Childhood Care and Education 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

290 
BN119  Digital Marketing 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

270 
BN120  Digital Forensics and Cyber Security 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

272 
BN121  Mechatronic Engineering 

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB 

291 
CR001  Applied Physics and Instrumentation 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

287 
CR006  Applied Biosciences 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

361 
CR010  Agriculture 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

292 
CR016  Software Development 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

270 
CR021  Business (Common Entry) 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

290 
CR022  Business Administration 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

241 
CR031  Social Care 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

325 
CR032  Recreation and Leisure Management 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

290 
CR035  Community Development 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

169 
CR041  Tourism Management 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

213 
CR042  Hospitality Management 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

209 
CR046  Automotive Technology and Management 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

221 
CR051  Civil Engineering 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

233 
CR052  Construction 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

225 
CR053  Interior Architecture 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

260 
CR055  Environmental Engineering 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

225 
CR061  Electronic Engineering 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

291 
CR062  Electrical Engineering 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

277 
CR071  Mechanical Engineering 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

280 
CR075  Biomedical Engineering 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

331 
CR090  Architectural Technology 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

244 
CR094  Nautical Science (National Maritime College of Ireland) 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

285 
CR095  Marine Engineering at National Maritime College of Ireland 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

262 
CR106  Software Development 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

357 
CR116  Computer Systems 

Cork Institute of Technology - CIT 

351 
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