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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

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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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Applied Science

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807
QQI Award Code 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Science. Students can apply to higher education institutions and can also be admitted to Institutes of Technology and University College Cork on a competitive basis.

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Physics 5N1460
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
MicroBiology 5N0737
Word Processing 5N1358
Mathematics
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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.

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

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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Further Research

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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.
Food Scientist   Food Technologist  
Engineer   Production Manager - Engineering  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Toxicologist  
Engineer - Chemical   Geochemist  
Industrial Chemist   Molecular Biologist  
Analytical Chemist   Haematologist  
Geneticist   Genetic Engineer  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Engineer - Production & Process   
Medicinal Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Engineer - Petroleum   Colour Technologist  
Engineer - Biochemical   Pharmacologist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Biomedical Scientist  
Biotechnologist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Metallurgist   Materials Technician  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Laboratory Manager  
Genetic Technologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Epidemiologist   Pharmacist  
Microbiologist   Immunologist  
Laboratory Technician   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Statistician / Statistician EU  
Scientist   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
Computational Physicist   Particle Physicist  
Laser Physicist   Physicist  
Mathematician   Acoustics Physicist  
Engineer - Nanosystems   Science Communicator  
Research Scientist   Engineer - Nuclear  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Botanist   Engineer - Sterilisation  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Test / Validation  

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.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Physical & Mathematical Sciences
Earth Science & Environment
Space Science and Technology
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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

Ratio of Male to Female participants:

source: QQI

Grades Recieved:

source: QQI