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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Sinead O'Hara

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  Sinead O'Hara

First, I would say that the person should give some thought to what Department they may be assigned to. If, for example, one has a particular interest in environmental issues, then obviously this Department is ideal for them.

The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

At the end of the day, service to the public is what a career in the Civil Service is about.


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Citizenship & Community Studies

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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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The course involves the study of how individuals and communities interact in meeting the challenges, cultural, social, economic, and environmental, of contemporary Ireland in a Global context.

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The degree course aims to produce graduates with the qualifications, skills and experience required for professional Community Work.

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PC405 - Citizenship & Community Studies
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PC405 - Citizenship & Community Studies
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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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EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ECAXX    Community Arts
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
ECDXX  5M3050  Community Development
  5M5048  Creative Media
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
EETXX  5M3635  Education and Training
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ECAPX    Community Arts
ECDEV  6M3674  Community Development
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work

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The community sector offers a broad range of employment opportunities involving community development projects and organisations. The include issue-based projects such as youth or women’s projects, lobbying and advocacy organisations, community care organisations, community education centres, family resource centres, local employment services and community networks. There are also roles for community development practitioners within local authorities and a range of partnership organisations.

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