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 James Sheridan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

James Sheridan

Restaurant Manager

Failte Ireland

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  James Sheridan

The best thing about this industry is you can get a job in the local hotel or restaurant, part time, and see if you like it.

Sit down with the manager and have a list of questions prepared. Don't make too many plans, just go with the flow, be nice/positive to everybody and things will go alright

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CW748
Early Childhood Education and Care

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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This three-year programme is structured to enable participants to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach in early childhood education and care. Students will acquire skills in areas such as: children’s play; creative studies; care; education; children’s literature; sociology and social policy. In the second half of the programme, students can specialise depending on areas of interest. A supervised work placement in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the programme enabling students to learn from practice as well as theory.

The design and content of the programme has been determined by the Model Framework for Education, Training and Professional Development for the Early Childhood Care and Education sector. The programme includes a work placement that will bring students into direct contact with children and therefore offers for this programme are conditional and could subsequently be withdrawn if applicants do not successfully complete the Garda Vetting process.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education

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Three Distinctions

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Graduates of this programme will have the knowledge, competencies and skills to work directly with, or on behalf of, young people in a range of early year’s services. Graduates will be trained to think, act, manage and operate at the level of experienced practitioner. Employment opportunities include roles as managers, directors, co-coordinators or leaders in early years settings such as: pre-schools; crèches; special needs services; family support centres and community services in the statutory; voluntary; community; private sectors; government agencies and public agencies.



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