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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

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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Design (Hons)

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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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Career opportunities in Design are growing both nationally and internationally. The BA in Design is an exciting new course emphasising both traditional and modern-day skills. The course begins with a foundation year, followed a choice of creative pathways focused on one of the following specific design areas: Animation and Game Design Industrial Design Interior Design Graphic Design & Illustration Fashion and Textiles Design

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From College Website...
GA284 - Design (Hons)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

From Qualifax...
GA284 - Design (Hons)
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Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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Graduates are on pathways to become: Animation and Game Designer Industrial Designer Interior Designer Graphic and Illustration Designer Fashion and Textile Designer

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