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Jason Ruane

Computer Programmer

Intel

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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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WD155
Information Technology

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 Years
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This course provides a variety of computer-based skills for the modern work place. It includes a good foundation in Information Technology, Web development, Multimedia, Maths and many computer-based tasks that can be useful in getting that first job. The three year degree course in IT specialises in providing a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the IT industry. Studies include web page design, software development and networking.

In addition to the core computing modules WIT has implemented a modular system where students may choose modules from other disciplines, to complement their core study course. The course also offers a stream called Web Information Management. Web Information Management is the act of managing the information on a web page using a variety of different tools and technologies and these skills are much sought-after in today’s modern business context.

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WD155 - Information Technology
Waterford IT

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WD155 - Information Technology
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The jobs for which you might find yourself applying include the following:

  • Systems analyst/programmer

  • Information architect

  • Programmer

  • Web applications developer

  • Technical support

  • Database administrator

  • Information technology consultant

  • Software trainer



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