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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. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

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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Tour Guiding, Cultural & Heritage Studies

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Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2154 LB
QQI Award Code 5M2154 Cultural and Heritage Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for students who are interested in a career in Irish Heritage and Culture and as an access course to a wide range of Arts and Tourism degree programmes at Third Level Colleges. Students on this course gain an understanding of Irish archaeology, local history and an appreciation of Irish culture and heritage. The development of research skills is an important element of this course. Learners undertake a wide range of interesting site visits and tours during the year. Recent tours have included visits to Newgrange (Bru na Boinne), Dalkey Castle and Dublin Castle.

What will you Study?

Archaeology 5N0762
Folklore and Ethnology 5N1274
Local History
Irish Cultural and Heritage Resources 5N1293
Customer Service 5N0972
Word Processing 5N1358
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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.

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ECHSX 5M2154

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