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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. 

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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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Cloud Computing - Advanced

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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

Course Code 6M0691
QQI Award Code 6M0691 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge and competencies to enable him/her pursue a career as Cloud Computing professional. Learners will gain skills in virtualisation, specifically focusing on VMwares technologies, as well as distributed systems which are the key areas of Cloud Computing. Areas of study will also include software design and development in addition to web design and development. Development supports and progression strategies are provided to develop the learners personal effectiveness and job seeking skills so as to maximise employment potential and capacity to compete in the labour market. Participants will acquire computing skills that will enable them to progress to further studies. This course is run in collaboration with FIT (Fastrack to Information Technology) and DSP (Department of Social Protection).

What will you Study?

Communications (6N1950)
Personal & Professional Development (6N1949)
Project Management (6N4090)
Information Technology Administration (6N0735)
Object Oriented Programming (6N2108)
Distributed Systems (6N0856)
Graphical User Interface Programming (6N0736)
Software Architecture (6N1449)








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