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I think a career in tax is very rewarding and is an enjoyable career. There are a varied number of jobs which are available to someone with a tax qualification, including private practice, industry, Revenue, lecturing etc. The role of a tax adviser in practice or indeed within Revenue is, in my experience, extremely varied and challenging.

I would advise college students who are considering a career in tax to look into placements offered by their colleges / summer internships. I know from my time spent in private practice that a great number of the bigger accountancy / tax practice offer such positions to college students. This is a great way for such students to get a feel for what a career in tax entails and will help them in making a decision as to whether or not tax is something that they would enjoy.
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Computer Maintenance

Course Code(s):  5M0536
QQI Award Code:  5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The course is designed to provide the learner with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of computer systems, hardware and software maintenance, networking, and mobile technologies. The learner will acquire the skills to design, deploy and secure client/server computer networks based on wired and wireless technologies.

What will you Study?

Computer Systems Hardware 5N0548
Network Essentials
Operating Systems 5N2928
Mobile Technologies 5N0580
Maths for STEM 5N0556
Virtualisation Support 5N2434
Team Working
Work Experience 5N1356
Web Authoring 5N1910
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M0536

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
Digital Media Designer   CAD Technician  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Scientist  
ICT Staff - EU   Web Designer / Developer  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Web Editor  
Network Administrator   Database Administrator  
Network Engineer   Information Architect - IT  
Multimedia Designer   App Developer - Android /iOS  
Multimedia Technical Manager   IT Consultant  
Computer Systems Sales Manager   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   Software Developer / Architect  
Test Lead - Software   Software Engineer  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   IT Security Specialist  
Data Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer System Administrator  
Computer Hardware Engineer   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Computer Scientist   Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician  
Games Tester   Software Localisation Engineer / Tester  
Computer Assembly Technician   Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Computer Trainer / Instructor   IT Trainer  
Electronic Engineer   Telecommunications Engineer  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.