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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Community Care - Social Studies

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Athlone Community College

Athlone Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2786
QQI Award Code 5M2786 Community Care
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to Sociology and Social Care. It provides students with the basic skills and knowledge required for working in the Social Services e.g. Family/Community Groups, Children's Projects, Voluntary Organisation, Crches, Pre-schools, Respite Centres, Residential Units. It also caters for those who wish to progress to a Certificate, Degree or Diploma in Social Care, Applied Social Care or Childcare.

What will you Study?

This course offers an introduction to Sociology and Social Care. It provides students with the basic skills and knowledge required for working in the Social Services e.g. Family/Community Groups, Children's Projects, Voluntary Organisation, Crèches, Pre-schools, Respite Centres, Residential Units. It also caters for those who wish to progress to a Certificate, Degree or Diploma in Social Care, Applied Social Care or Childcare.
Social Studies 5N1370
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Work Experience 5N1356
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Communications 5N0690
Word Processing 5N1358
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Care Skills 5N2270
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHCC 5M2786

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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.
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Naturopath   Aromatherapist  
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Acupuncturist   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
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General Nurse (RGN)   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
Intellectual Disability Nurse    Sport Psychologist  
Probation Officer   Clinical Psychologist  
Ambulance Assistant / Intermediate Care Operative   Community Resource Worker - Visual Impairment  
Home Help Assistant   Home Help Organiser  
Music Therapist   Social Care Worker / Practitioner  
Care Assistant - Children   Nursery Nurse  
Aid Worker - Humanitarian   Care Worker  
Counsellor   Occupational Therapist  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Social Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker / Officer  
Careers Adviser   Constituency Worker  
Psychotherapist   Community Education Officer  
Facilitator    

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.
Social & Caring
Community & Voluntary
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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