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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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Computer Systems and Networks

Course Code(s):  5M0536 NB
QQI Award Code:  5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M0536 NB
QQI Award Code 5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

There is currently a global shortage of people with networking skills which is expected to grow as organisations and institutions continue to invest in mobile devices, cloud computing and big data. This new course has been recently developed to meet this increasing demand. It is a one year certificate designed to give students the skills to implement and manage hardware and software in areas PC systems and networking technologies. Students wishing to acquire a higher level of professional technical skills can avail of progression routes onto our Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Computer Systems & Networks or alternatively suitably qualified graduates may apply via the CAO onto an undergraduate degree programme in a range of third level institutions. Assessment will be through continuous assessment and examinations.

What will you Study?

Computer Systems
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Operating Systems 5N2928
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
ommunications
Work Experience 5N1356
Mobile Technologies 5N0580
Programming Design and Principle
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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.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
Digital Media Designer   CAD Technician  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Scientist  
ICT Staff - EU   Web Designer / Developer  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Web Editor  
Network Administrator   Database Administrator  
Network Engineer   Information Architect - IT  
Multimedia Designer   Android /iOS App Developer  
Multimedia Technical Manager   IT Consultant  
Computer Systems Sales Manager   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   Software Developer / Architect  
Test Lead - Software   Engineer - Software  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   IT Security Specialist  
Data Analyst   Technical Architect - Data  
Computer Systems Technician   Computer System Administrator  
Engineer - Computer Hardware   IT Manager  
IT Project Manager   Computer Systems Analyst  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Computer Scientist   Geographical Information Systems Technicians  
Games Tester   Software Localisation  
Computer Assembly Technician   Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist  
Computer / IT Support Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Computer Trainer/Instructor   IT Trainer  
Engineer - Electronic   Engineer - Telecommunications  

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.
Computers & ICT
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