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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Early Childhood Care and Education

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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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3 Years
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The course aims to provide students with knowledge and skills in the core areas of Child Development, Education and Play, Social Environment, Health Hygiene Nutrition and Safety, Personal and Professional Development, and Communications Management and Administration.

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From College Website...
BN030 - Early Childhood Care and Education
IT Blanchardstown

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BN030 - Early Childhood Care and Education
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Graduates will have the knowledge skills and competences to practice as early childhood professionals in a number of settings such as crèches, nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, primary schools and breakfast / homework clubs.

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