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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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Art. Craft & Design

Course Code(s):  5M1984
QQI Award Code:  5M1984 Art, Craft and Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1984
QQI Award Code 5M1984 Art, Craft and Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

If you can say YES to any one of the following then this may well be the course for you: - Always had an interest in art and would like to learn more, - Creative & want to try different subjects to find out what you enjoy most, - Want to prepare a portfolio for application to Art & Design Colleges.

Should you have the interest and enthusiasm, we have the teachers, coursework and facilities to nurture and grow your talent. We will guide you on your way to a creative career.

What will you Study?

Drawing 5N1862
Painting 5N1302
Art Appreciation
Sculpture 5N1918
Combined Materials 5N0764
Mixed Media and Fibre Art
Craft / applied art
Woodcraft (Wood carving)
Jewellery design and making and Art metal craft
Graphic Design and Computer Graphics
Digital Photography 5N1270
Individual Portfolio Preparation
Career Guidance
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356

Students may have the option of doing either Jewellery or Graphic Design and Woodcraft.
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AACDX 5M1984

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