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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Damien Mason

If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4349
QQI Award Code 5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The QQI Level 5 Certificate course provides the essential elements of knowledge, competence and skill for academic progression or employment within Healthcare settings. Through hands on experience learners are given an appreciation of the work involved in caring for clients in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on the importance of issues such as respect, dignity, empathy and confidentiality in the care of individuals in a healthcare setting.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Care Skills 5N2270
Communications 5N0690
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356
Care Support 5N0758
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

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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
DCHSN 5M4349

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Sample Careers

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Orthoptist   Orthodontist  
Phlebotomist   Optometrist  
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Vision Rehabilitation Therapist   Health Educator / Promotion Officer  
Respiratory Technician   Dental Nurse / Surgery Assistant  
Nurse Tutor   Dental Hygienist  
Aromatherapist   Speech & Language Therapist  
Physical Therapist   Lactation Consultant  
Nurse Practitioner - Advanced   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
Chiropractor   Spinologist  
Intellectual Disability Nurse    Public Health Nurse  
General Nurse (RGN)   Nurse Prescriber  
Nurse Midwife   Acupuncturist  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Physiotherapist  
Theatre / Perioperative Nurse   Sports Scientist   
Physiotherapist - Sports    Medical Sales Representative   
Pathologist   Firefighter  
Clinical Psychologist   Psychologist  
Social Worker   Occupational Therapist  
Psychotherapist    

Related Career Sectors

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