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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

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One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Accountancy Technician

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Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals that work at all levels of finance. Accounting Technicians are widely employed throughout the Public Sector, Industry and Commerce and Private Accountancy Practices.

Tasks would include: Preparation of Final Accounts, Budgeting, Credit Control, Payroll, Tax Returns and Costings. While they are not Accountants, Accounting Technicians can perform many of the same functions and are qualified to prepare full financial accounts.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Financial Accounting
Taxation
Law and Ethics
Business Management

Year 2:
Advanced Financial Accounting
Advanced Taxation
Management Accounting
Integrated Accounting Systems
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.

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