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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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Springboard Initiative




To view videos of people talking about their experience of Springboard courses: click here

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020. The Springboard initiative for higher education offers free, part-time courses at certificate, degree and masters level, leading to qualifications that are in demand among employers. The majority of courses are one-year or less in duration.

In a rapidly shifting economic environment, Springboard courses have provided over 23,000 people with a new skill-set, specifically tailored to the needs of today’s market. All of the courses aim to re-skill people in areas where job opportunities in skilled employment are growing – information and communications technology (ICT); high level manufacturing; medical devices; bio pharma; financial services; skills to trade internationally; entrepreneurship and business start-up, niche skills in the construction industry.

Springboard is open to jobseekers who have a previous history of employment and believe that a focused, high-quality qualification is the key to getting back to work.

To find out more about Springboard+ or to apply for one of its courses visit www.springboardcourses.ie or try our email: springboard@hea.ie

See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on www.springboardcourses.ie for more information.

To check if you are eligible for Springboard click here

All courses are part-time, allowing you keep your social protection supports and making it easier for those with families and responsibilities. There is usually no additonal payments available for Springboard.

A total of 34 institutions in both the public and private sector offer programmes ranging from Certificates in Digital Marketing and in Supply Chain Management to Masters in Energy Management.

If you are interested you can apply online through Springboardcourses.ie which is the central clearing system for all part-time (including non-Springboard) courses.

To view current Springboard courses click here

Advice and guidance on Springboard, including ICT Skills Conversion courses is available from the Springboard freephone helpline on 1800 303 523. The line is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 9.30am-4.30pm.

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Absolutely I am open to any courses which will improve my performance and effectiveness within the organisation.
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