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If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Business - Advanced Certificate

Course Code(s):  6M4985
QQI Award Code:  6M4985 Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Castlebar College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course gives students who have already achieved a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration or in a business related area the opportunity to further enhance their business skills.

The key module of Business Management, combined with the essential modules of Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Communications, Payroll Manual & Computerised and Computerised Accounts & Web Authoring help to prepare students for immediate entry into the workplace or for progression to further study. All students complete a two week Work Experience placement as part of their studies on this course.

What will you Study?

Word Processing
Work Experience
Payroll Manual and Computerised
Computerised Accounts
Business Management
Web Authoring
Communications
Spreadsheets
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
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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.
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Management Associate   Managing Director  
Management Consultant   Project Manager  
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Company Secretary   Hotel General Manager  
Financial Trader   Financial Adviser  
Industrial Relations Officer   Charity Officer  
Business Adviser   General Manager  
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Occupational Psychologist   Human Resources / Personnel Manager  
Staff Relations Official   Personnel Officer  
Personnel Manager    Human Resources Business Partner / HRBP  
Equality Officer   HR Director - Human Resources  
Hospitality Manager   Human Resources Assistant - EU  
Information Architect - IT   Information Systems Manager  
IT Consultant   Data Analyst  
Big Data Specialist   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
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Secretary   Payroll Manager  
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Wedding Planner   Letting Agent / Landlord  
School Principal   Music Manager  
Bank / Financial Manager    Recruitment Team Leader  
Risk Analyst   Travel Agency Manager  
Restaurant / Catering Manager   Call Centre Manager  
Retail Manager   Area Sales Manager  
Department Manager   Procurement Officer / Buyer  
Distribution Manager   Accountant  
Management Accountant   Taxation Consultant  
Accounts Assistant   Facilitator  

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.
Business Organisation & Management
Clerical & Administration
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