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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

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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Information Technology

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Course overview

Course Code 5M0529 OFIT
QQI Award Code 5M0529 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year course has been specifically designed to prepare students for employment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector particularly in the areas of IT Technicians, Web Developers, Technical Support personnel etc. Students completing this course will be prepared for a variety of positions within their chosen area or will be able to progress to the Advanced Certificate in Networks and Software Systems (Level 6) or to Higher Education.

What will you Study?

Computer Architecture and Systems
Computer Programming
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Database Methods 5N0783
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Web Authoring 5N1910
Networking Essentials 5N2929
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
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
5M0529

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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Colleges often have information about the course on their own website, along with other useful information relating to the college. (Note: Not always available)

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Other courses you may be interested in...

The following courses are related to the course above and are from colleges in the same region. These might be worth exploring further. You can sort the list by Title or College by clicking on the column headings.
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Office Administration / Reception Drogheda Institute of Further Education 
Business Studies with Accounting Drogheda Institute of Further Education 
Business Administration - Advanced O'Fiaich Institute 
Business with Advanced Information Technology Drogheda Institute of Further Education 
eBusiness O'Fiaich Institute 

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.
Accounts Team Leader   Health & Safety Officer  
Data Protection Officer   Civil Service - Clerical Officer  
Secretary / Administrative Assistant - EU   Civil Service - Executive Officer  
Civil Service - Administrative Officer   Network Engineer  
Data Control Clerk   Web Designer / Developer  
Web Editor   Network Administrator  
Software Production Co-ordinator   Project Manager - Software Design  
Information Architect - IT   Data Entry Operator  
Database Administrator   Multimedia Project Manager  
Information Systems Manager   Games Tester  
Technical Architect - Data   Games Programmer  
Computer Programmer   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Computer Systems Analyst   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Test Lead - Software   Data Analyst  
Big Data Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Clerical Assistant   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Freight Forwarder / Clerk   Payroll Manager  
Archivist   Wages / Payroll Clerk  
Secretary   Bookkeeper / Financial Administrator  
Front Office Junior Manager   Office Administrator  
Office Receptionist   Personal Assistant  
Wedding Planner   Letting Agent / Landlord  
Post Office - Customer Service Agent   Clerk (General)  
Bank Official   Medical Secretary  
Legal Secretary   Legal Executive  
Law Clerk   Pensions Adviser  
Library/Information Assistant   Airport Check-in Agent  
Customs Officers   Credit Controllers  

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.
Clerical & Administration
Computers & ICT
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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