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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Mark Spain

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If you are unsure I would recommend coming to an open day in the college and if possible also doing the Garda Reserve. It gives the best insight imaginable into the work of Gardaí.
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Part-Time Education Option


The Part-Time Education Option (PTEO) allows you to keep your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit and attend a part-time day or evening course of education or training.

You must continue to meet the conditions for Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance. If you are offered work while on the course you will be expected to accept the job offer.

Note: The Part-Time Education Option is not the same as the Back to Education Allowance or the Education, Training and Development Option. (See menu [Left] for details of these initiatives).

There are no specific eligibility criteria for the PTEO. You can be any age and may be unemployed for any length of time before starting a part-time course of education.

The PTEO scheme does not involve any special payment or additional allowance.

For further information on PTEO click here
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I have completed the following courses since joining Irish Cement:

IMI Courses - Graduate Development Programme - 3 weeks - Management Development Programme - 1 week Vibration Analysis Course - 1 week Kepner Tregoe Courses - Project Management - 3 days - Analytical Troubleshooting - 3 days International Cement Production Seminar - 3 weeks Certificate in Health and Safety from University College Dublin - 3 weeks Computer Software Courses - Microsoft Project - 2 days

For the future, I would like to complete the following: 1 year diploma in business management Master of Business Administration (MBA) Further educational courses with the IMI


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