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Mary Ita Heffernan

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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Beauty Therapy - 2 Year

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Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Cork College of Commerce

Cork College of Commerce
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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The awarding bodies ITEC and CIDESCO ensure that all qualified candidates are trained to the highest international standard in the Beauty Industry. Students work with highly prestigious Dermalogica products. This course requires high levels of commitment, dedication and motivation.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Skincare and Eye Treatments
Make Up
Manicure and Pedicure
Waxing
Professional Conduct and Business Awareness
Facial Electrical Treatments
Electrical Epilation
Occupational First Aid - QQI 5N1207
Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2 :
Swedish Massage
Figure Diagnosis and Body electrical treatments
Anatomy and Physiology
Aesthetics and Body Therapies CIDESCO
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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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.
Dressmaker   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Beauty Consultant   Fashion Technologist  
Designer / Maker - Craft   Fashion Stylist  
Beauty Therapist   Footwear Designer  
Hairdresser   Funeral Director  
Personal Trainer   Tailor  
Wigmaker   Massage Therapist  
Hair & Scalp Specialist   Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport  

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.
Fashion & Beauty
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