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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.

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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Gaeilge agus Iriseoireacht - Irish and Journalism

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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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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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 course is designed to develop practical journalistic and media skills, fluency and accuracy in Irish, and an understanding of Irish media.

The course is delivered by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge and The School of Communications

During the course students will develop skills in three areas: Practical journalistic and media skills, Knowledge and understanding of bilingual and Irish-language media, Fluency and accuracy in Irish

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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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EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

5M2464/5M4511/5M2146 - Distinctions in five modules.

5M2073 - Distinctions in five modules which must include:

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A three month work placement in a communications/media role in either a public or a private organisation with the opportunity of an internship in RTE.

Graduates enter careers in  Radio, Television Print and On-Line Media Business PR, Arts and Heritage, in the areas of Bilingual and Irish-language Media, Gaeltacht Enterprise in Public and private sector.

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