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 Paul Meany from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:
Need to have a belief about the value of the sort of education provided by the school to which you are applying.
Need to be able to cope with ambivalence - being leader in the school is not a black and white thing.
Need to believe in people, whether it is staff or students.
What are your interests?
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Enter the credit scores and results of your modules to automatically calculate your CAO points score.
Note: Max points = 400
Credits Vs Points:
In most Further and Higher Education courses, every module you take has a credit value. Short modules have fewer credits than longer modules. Completing a module means you have achieved all the credits for that module. Typically, QQI modules are 15 credits each – so completing 8 modules = 120 credits. 120 Credits are needed to achieve a QQI Major Award.
However, sometimes a module will have as much as 30 credits, so completing one large module (30 Credits) plus 6 more normal modules (6 × 15 = 90) would achieve the 120 credits needed. Some courses also offer additional modules, in which case you use the scores from your best ones to calculate your points, but this makes figuring out your points trickier.
The Calculator above will work for all combinations once you put in the information required.
Finding CAO Courses using QQI Progression Routes.
Your QQI Award can be used as an alternative to the Leaving Cert to access Higher Education (CAO) courses. Hundreds of courses are available to holders of any QQI award, while others will require specific awards.
Note: Places for QQI applicants on CAO courses are limited, and your points calculated from your highest QQI qualification will be used as a criteria for acceptance.
This scoring system for QQI awards for entry through CAO to higher education applies from 2013. This scoring system will apply to all relevant QQI level 5 and 6 awards listed on the CAO and higher education institution websites.