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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Dairy Business

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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 degree is designed to equip future leaders of the dairy industry with the scientific, technical and business skills needed to cope with the business and enterprise expansion.

Business, science and mathematics modules are taken alongside technology-related cocurses.  The degree combines lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Students also engage in practical hands-on work throughout their studies in dairy farms and with Teagasc Moorepark, where students gain experience in a variety of fields including grassland management, and nutrition, dairy systems, applied breeeing and fertility, herd health, and complete a Dairy business project.

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From College Website...
DN252 - Dairy Business

From Qualifax...
DN252 - Dairy Business
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To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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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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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques

Essential Module Requirements:

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or min HD3/OD3 in LCE Maths

And any two from:
C20006 or 5N2746
C20011 or 5N2747
C20048 or 5N1460

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In Second Year students work at a dairy farm and also have Professional Work experience (PWE) in the industry.
In thrid year studies take place at Teagasc Moorepark, where students gain experience in a variety of fields. 

In addition to the highly skilled role of dairy farm management, opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas including:
- Research
- Animal feed industry
- Banking
- Teaching
- Consultancy
Research opportunities to master’s and PhD level are also available.

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