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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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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DC122
Computational Problem solving and Software Development

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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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**Course cancelled for 2017 entry**

The B.Sc. in Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) is aimed at students who can demonstrate a passion for, and prior ability in, computer programming and ICT. For 50% of the time of the students work on software development projects as part of a team.

At the end of their final year students have an opportunity to showcase their talents to the industrial and business communities.

Additional Entry requirements:

Students prepare a portfolio to demonstrate computer expertise and interests.

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To be considered for the PSSD, you must place PSSD (CAO code DC122) on your CAO form by the first CAO deadline. As the selection process will start shortly after the February deadline, it will not be possible for you to use the change of mind procedure.


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In year three there is 10-12 month paid work placement (INTRA) where academic study is integrated with closely related jobs.

Graduates of this programme find careers as Software Developers, Programmers, Project Managers in the areas of Computing, Electronic and Finance Companies.



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