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 Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:


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Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.

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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Communications 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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3 Years
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This BA in Communication Studies encourages students to explore the world of communications while also learning the basics of media production.

The theory and practice of contemporary communication are studied in Foundation and Core courses which help students develop a critical awareness of developments in the areas of communication, media and cultural studies. 

Production modules ensure the development of practical skills in the fields of audio video, imaging and presentation. 

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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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  5M18518  Media Production
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
EMPXX    Media Production
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
EPAAX    Performing Arts Administration
EMEXX  5M2149  Sound Production
EPXXX  5M2094  Photography
  5M5048  Creative Media

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Distinctions in 5 modules

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Throughout the course production modules help students to hone their practical skills in audio, video, imaging and communication/presentation skills.

Graduates find Careers in the fields of Event Management, Market Research, Media Production, Public relations, Advertising, PR and Arts Administration.

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