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We asked Damien Mason from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Damien Mason

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Damien Mason

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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Media Studies

Course Code(s):  5M5048
QQI Award Code:  5M5048 Creative Media
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5048
QQI Award Code 5M5048 Creative Media
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The aim of the course is to provide students with the necessary skills to think imaginatively and bring their ideas to life through a creative and artistic approach. It is designed to afford students the opportunity to become familiar with the various fields of journalism, digital photography, games studies, advertising and digital image design.

Successful candidates will acquire a broad range of skills, which will qualify them to either progress to higher education or to work in a range of digital media industries.

What will you Study?

Digital Photography 5N1270
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Games Analysis Design 5N1651
Work Experience 5N1356
Image Processing 5N1292
Media Analysis 5N1298
Communications 5N0690
Advertising 5N0748
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)

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5M5048

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