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Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Journalism with Photography

Course Code(s):  5M2464 414
QQI Award Code:  5M2464 Journalism
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Marino College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2464 414
QQI Award Code 5M2464 Journalism
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for those who wish to pursue careers across a range of media platforms in the business world. It integrates journalism and its core skills with social media, marketing, desktop publishing and public relations. The aim is to provide the wide variety of skills needed to work in creative media, including websites, blogsites, social media and print.

What will you Study?

Research Skills for Journalism 5N2443
Digital Photographic Production
Writing Skills for Journalists
Technical Skills for Journalists
Communications 5N0690
Desk Top Publishing
Work Experience 5N1356
Media Analysis 5N1298
Public Relations 5N1405
Digital Marketing 5N1364
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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