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 Sarah Tenanty from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sarah Tenanty

Finance Operations

Insurance

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  Sarah Tenanty
Work hard, push your boundaries, have belief in your abilities, set personal goals and seek feedback. For those who have not completed a college degree or third level education seek a career path that will give you the opportunity to further your education and learning.
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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Progression Routes


As an adult learner, you decide what education and training options best suit you. Whatever your situation, adult learning options are varied and designed to be enjoyable, relevant to what you are interested in and flexible to fit in with work and family life.

You can start of with short taster courses to try out different areas for example: computer courses, childcare courses, communications and so on. You can then build on these, progress and and gain more accrediation in these particular areas.

Understanding how students progress in Ireland through the PLC route can be a little tricky. It's worth noting that 20% of all applications to HEIs (Higher Education Institutes) come from the FET sector (Further Educaiton and Training) Approximately half of these applicants get a CAO offer. 

The important point is that FET courses carry accreditation through the Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI) framework.

These progression opportunities are a real stepping stone for adult learners - in summary:

Any student with a full QQI Award at Level 5 (or 6) can use this certificate qualification to compete for a place in a Third Level College, if the college is one of the 38 HEIs that allow progression to a degree and beyond.

Progressing from one course to another: From FET (Levels 3-6) to HEI (Levels 6-10)

Below is a practical example of how a learner may progress from one level to the next. (The example relates to the Clondalkin/Tallaght area, but it applies to all learners).

Source: "RoadMap to Training and Education in the Clondalkin area"

The model above is a 'roadmap'. It shows the journey for a Learner who wants to pursue a qualification in Computer Science. The Learner starts with a basic level computer course in the local area, and progresses, in a series of stages, to a third level course in a university, and right up to a Doctorate:

  1. Level 3 course - General Learning with IT
  2. Level 4 course - Computer Information Technology
  3. Level 5 course - Computer Programming and Multimedia
  4. Level 6 course - Higher Certificate in Science in Information Technology
  5. Level 7- 8 course - Bachelor of Science in Computing
  6. Level 9 - Masters in Computer Science
  7. Level 10 - PHD in Computer Science
To begin your Learner journey, start by searching our PLC course databaseclick here  

Note: If the course that interests you offers progression pathways this green link will appear beside the course title.

 

  Hint: Failte Ireland
Very much so, absolutely, it’ll continue to be ongoing. I’m looking in 2008 or 2009 to further my education with the Aspen Institute, the world renowned Business School. Those modules vary in their length of time, usually they’re block modules for a couple of weeks. Most industry leaders will have spent some time at the Aspen Institute.

That’s just one example, education doesn’t stop, especially when you work for a large company. We tend to be very strong in the education of our people, whether it’s the first step into the company or General Manager.

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