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Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Fergus O'Connell from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:
|A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?
An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.
Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.
One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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|QQI Award Code||5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks|
This Level 5 Computer Programming course gives students an excellent grounding in computer programming in C++ and Java. Students develop practical skills and can progress to our QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development . This Level 6 course has an advanced entry links with Dublin Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. The Certificate in Computer Programming course also enables students to apply through the CAO to third level. This course has a high success rate in terms of students getting places on courses in DIT, ITT, NCI,, ITB and Maynooth University.
Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541
Software Architecture 5N2772
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Work Experience 5N1356
Data Base Methods 5N0783
Web Authoring 5N1910
Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
Games Analysis Design 5N1651
This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.
To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:
|CAO with Any QQI Major Award|
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