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.

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Rasaq Falade

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Anyone considering this job should be ready to work thoughtfully rather than reactively. Also they should be emotionally present and ready to facilitate meaningful conversation.
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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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Higher Education - (3 & 4)


Did you know that approximatly 15% of students in third level are over the age of 23? Thats over 6,000 adult learners!

Courses at third level are offered mostly by Universities (7 colleges), Institutes of Technology (14 colleges), the Colleges of Education (5 colleges), and independent Private colleges.  The first three are substantially State funded and take part in the government free fees scheme, whereas Private colleges are all fee paying.

Ed Zone 3 Courses

These courses are two year programmes leading to a Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6). They are run mostly in the 14 Institutes of Technology around the country.

On completion, participants can:

  • enter directly into employment, or
  • continue on to an Ordinary or Honours Degree in a related course.

Ed Zone 4 Courses

These courses last  three to four years (full-time) and lead to an Ordinary (NFQ Level 7) or Honours  (NFQ Level 8) Degree.

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Application to undergraduate (first time) entry third level courses is done through the CAO.

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Some interesting facts about Third Level education in Ireland:

Third Level Stats

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Training is always an ongoing agenda item - we even have it listed as a default priority item in our official schedule here. It may be of the form of online classes, or classes in-house where the company brings in professional trainers/lecturers to give classes and information talks; or it may involve traveling to attend a class specifically tuned to your next objective. For example, my next class is a two day session about digital electronics, which will be pertinent to my current programming project. On average training in some form or other occurs about 3 or 4 times a year.
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