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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Business - Advanced

Course Code(s):  6M4985
QQI Award Code:  6M4985 Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Sligo College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year full-time course provides students with the necessary skills for direct entry into a wide range of employments including Banking, Insurance, Commercial and Service industries, HSE, Public Service and Local Government. Students will have the opportunity to advance to management and administrative positions within these organisations.

This course is designed to help students develop the essential skills and techniques which form the basis for a career in industry, commerce or the public service. The course comprises both theoretical and practical modules, and students will gain an understanding of Business Management.

What will you Study?

Business Management 6N4310
Customer Service 6N0697
Communications 6N1950
Work Experience 6N1946
Spreadsheets 6N4089
Word Processing 6N4977
The Internet 5N1611
Web Authoring 6N2532
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
BALBX 6M4985

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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.
Brand Manager - Marketing   Social Media Specialist  
Builders' Merchant   Chartered Secretary  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Protection Officer  
Business Analyst   Business Consultant  
Accounts Team Leader   Health & Safety Officer  
Managing Director   Charity Officer  
Arts agent/promoter   Project Manager  
Recruitment Consultant   Business Adviser  
Company Secretary   Industrial Relations Officer  
Management Consultant   Management Associate  
Hotel - General Manager   Manager - General  
Financial Trader   Financial Adviser  
Change Manager   Economist / Economist EU  
Psychologist - Occupational   Operations Research Analyst  
HR Director - Human Resources   Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Equality Officer   Personnel Manager   
Human Resources / Personnel Manager   Hospitality Management  
Personnel Officer   Staff Relations Official  
Human Resources Assistant - EU   Information Architect - IT  
IT Consultant   Information Systems Manager  
Data Analyst   Computer Systems Analyst  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   Big Data Specialist  
Data Change Agent   Personal Assistant  
Archivist   Secretary  
Front Office Junior Manager   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Payroll Manager   Letting Agent / Landlord  
Wedding Planner   School Principal  
Music Manager   Bank / Financial Manager   
Recruitment Team Leader   Risk Analyst  
Travel Agency Manager   Restaurant/Catering Manager  
Retail Manager   Call Centre Manager  
Procurement Officer / Buyer   Department Manager  
Area Sales Manager   Distribution Manager  
Accounts Assistant   Taxation Consultant  
Accountant   Management Accountant  

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.
Business Organisation & Business Management
Clerical & Administration
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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