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 Lisa Berry from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lisa Berry

Restaurant Manager

McDonald's

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Lisa Berry

My advice would be it is definitely a job where if you work hard and maintain your ambition you can have a satisfying career.

I think the biggest misconception is that McDonald's is only a job and stop gap to something else.

You will need patience, drive and commitment and be able to adapt to change. The skills you will learn with this job will be lifelong skills.

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Engineering Technology

Course Code(s):  5M2061
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a full-time course designed to meet the needs of people interested in a career in engineering. This one year pre-engineering course is a foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies in electronic or mechanical engineering in a Third Level Institution. The one year pre-engineering course aims to equip students with the necessary practical skills for employment in the engineering industry or as a foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies in electronic or mechanical engineering in a Third Level Institution.

What will you Study?

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Customer Service 5N0972
Mathematics
Work Experience 5N1356
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Materials Science 5N1637
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Engineering Workshop Theory 5N2136
Word Processing 5N1358
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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CENGT 5M2061

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