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 Peter Clifford from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


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To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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CIT - Department of Tourism and Hospitality Studies

CIT - Department of Tourism and Hospitality Studies

CIT - Department of Tourism and Hospitality Studies Organisation Profile College Profile

Contact details:
Contact Name:
Mr Adrian Gregan
Cork Institute of Technology
+353 21 4326352



What are the different (undergraduate entry) courses run by this department?
Higher Certificate in Arts Culinary Studies
Higher Certificate in Arts Hospitality Studies
Higher Certificate in Arts Bar Supervision

Bachelor of Business Tourism (Level 7)
Bachelor of Business Tourism(Honours)
Bachelor of Business Hospitality Management (Honours)
Higher Certificate in Business Hospitality management [day release]
Bachelor of Business Culinary Arts
Bachelor of Arts Culinary Arts [part time]
Bachelor of Business Bar Management

Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery [day release]
Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery – Total Immersion Programme

What facilities does the department have to support these courses?
The Department of Tourism and Hospitality is located in a purpose designed building on the Bishopstown campus which contains the most modern equipment and facilities for teaching in the modern hospitality and tourism context. The department is equipped with a full suite of specialist teaching areas equipped with the latest industry standard equipment, these include  training restaurants one for fine dining and the other a large dining hall which is also used for large events such as conferences and banqueting.

A superb training cocktail bar used by bar and hospitality classes for practical classes where they learn the actual techniques of working behind the bar.  There are superb training and production kitchens, a specialist pastry and confectionary kitchen, and a cold-work kitchen for butchery and larder classes, as well as a demonstration kitchen which is also used for visiting lectures by senior and specialist chefs who visit the department.

There are 4 dedicated computer laboratories which are equipped with the latest specialist travel, tourism and hospitality IT packages which are used in industry, as well as standard computer programmes. All students are linked to the IT network for both class communications and on line learning facilities. Similarly all class rooms are equipped with the most modern IT teaching equipment and are linked to the web system.

The Department is a fully accredited food building with the health authorities and is an environmental gold standard accredited building with the Green Hospitality organisation

What connections does the department have with Industry?
The department is closely linked to both national and international hotel and tourism bodies Tourism and hospitality colleges both ain Ireland and overseas. There are very regular interactions between the department and industry specialist who visit the institute and interact directly with the students in their career development. The links with industry and education have facilitated  the opportunities for students to avail of scholarships and internships in Ireland, the US and Europe, and the students opportunities to gain work experience in the best of establishments is well established

How many students do you accept each year on these courses?
The total enrolment of tourism and hospitality students in the department is 700

Where did last years graduates go?
There are more than adequate opportunities for student to gain good jobs after they finish their course at the Department of Tourism, In most years the number of jobs available for students exceeds the number  of students completing their courses, and this is also true of work experience opportunities. Some will continue in education to attain a more advanced and or specialised qualification, some will take time to travel using their qualifications and build their experience while doing so.

Why should students choose the Department of Tourism and Hospitality?
Cork Institute of Technology’s  Department of Tourism and Hospitality is among the leading Hospitality and Tourism schools in Ireland, its facilities are of European even World class Standard but more that that CIT is renowned for its friendliness and the relationship between the students and the teaching staff.

Why should students choose Cork Institute of Technology?
Cork is a vibrant student town with a significant student population and all of the activities and facilities student expect, a vibrant social life, excellent entertainment, good and plentiful accommodation to suit all budgets and arrangements, easy transport links, excellent sport and leisure facilities

  CIT - Department of Tourism and Hospitality Studies

CAO Course Links 7
CR650 - Bar Management
CR041 - Tourism
CR042 - Hospitality Management
CR640 - Culinary Arts
CR660 - Tourism
CR655 - Culinary Studies
CR657 - Hospitality Studies