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We asked Michelle Ryan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Michelle Ryan

Corporate Sales Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Michelle Ryan
Firstly it is very important that you get a third level education as this is a requirement in most hotels for a job in sales. This is the most important step in working in hotel sales. You should gain as much experience within the industry which I found very beneficial.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Food Science

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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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Food science focuses on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of food along the production chain, from its production on a farm to being eaten.

First year courses concentrate on the core sciences of biology and chemistry. There is also an introduction to Food, Diet and Health which gives students an idea of what is studied in greater detail in other stages of the programme.

This degree is internationally accredited by the Instiitute of Food Technologists (IFT). 

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DN261 - Food Science

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DN261 - Food Science
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5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or min HD3/OD3 in LCE Maths

And any two from:
C20006 or 5N2746
C20011 or 5N2747
C20048 or 5N1460

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Third Year students spend five months on Professional Work Experience (PWE)
and are also encouraged to take a semester abroad and participate on the Agriculture Study Abroad Programme.

Graduates in food science are involved in all aspects of the food industry including Production management, Nutrition, Food quality and safety, Sales and marketing, New product development and research.

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