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Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).

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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Computing in 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.

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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 BSc (Hons) in Computing (Software Development) is a four-year degree programme designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to pursue a career as a software developer. The course places a major emphasis on the development of practical programming language skills, problem solving and the application of computer science theory to real-world problems.

In addition to becoming proficient in programming languages such as java and C#, students will learn how to design, create and test software solutions. 

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In addition to becoming proficient in programming languages such as Java and C#, students will learn how to design, create and test software solutions for a world where mobility, connectivity, heterogeneity and Big Data are rapidly becoming part of everyday life. The degree programme provides a thorough practical grounding in all aspects of software development, including programming languages and paradigms, computer architectures, software engineering, web application development, mobile programming, relational and NoSQL databases, computer networks, graphics programming, virtualisation and cloud computing, distributed computing, the semantic web and artificial intelligence.

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GA787 - Computing in Software Development
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA787 - Computing in Software Development
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Graduates from the programme can look forward to excellent career opportunities in software development roles with both indigenous and multinational companies. 

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