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Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Office Administration - Business

Course Code(s):  5M1997
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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North Kerry College of Further Education

North Kerry College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 Certificate course prepares the learner for employment in the modern office. The track record for employment from this course is very positive with past students successfully employed in numerous administrative positions with companies.

Students can progress on to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate after completing the Level 5.

What will you Study?

Word Processing 5N1358
Information and Administration 5N1389
Text Production 5N1422
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Manual and Computerised Payroll
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Audio Transcription 5N1549s
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSSX 5M1997

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