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We asked Karl Curran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:


Karl Curran

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  Karl Curran
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!

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Geographic 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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This programme is where Geography meets mathematics and science! another name for Geographic Science is Geomatics. Learn how to produce maps and measure all sorts of objects and features on the land.

Geographic Science involves three fields of activity - Spatial Data Provision – measuring the land, Spatial Information Management and Land Management.

Spatial Data Provision involves the collection of data relating to the Earth (spatial data). Instruments such as GPS receivers, terrestrial airborne and spaceborne cameras and scanners, electronic distance and angle measuring instruments (total stations) and much more, are used to collect precise data which is then processed to create digital maps and 3D models of our landscape for development, monitoring and planning. We collect and apply these data on construction sites, on the land, offshore and underground to meet the needs of a range of users.

Spatial Information Management takes the collected data and generates optimised geographical information for a wide range of applications. This involves 3D modelling, computer visualisation, analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and delivery of the results and products to the client.

The third activity of Geographic Science is Land Management. This deals with the four main national Land Administration systems - Land Value for Taxation, Land Tenure for Ownership of Property, Land Use for Planning, and Land Development for Construction and Conservation.

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DT112 - The Department of Spatial Information Sciences (DSIS) @ Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Bolton Street, Dublin 1 is the only college in Ireland where you can study Geomatics. This video explains what Geomatics encompasses - the skills and competencies you will learn and the interesting career path that potentialy awaits you once you have qualified. Visit the DSIS at for more information
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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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BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CCONT  5M5010  Construction Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification which must include 4 of the following:

A20012 or 5N1604
B20012 or 5N0783
B20028 or 5N1977
B20029 or 5N2066
B20145 or 5N1952
C20008 or 5N1570
C20011 or 5N2747
C20033 or 5N2751
C20037 or 5N1637
C20139 or 5N1833
C20048 or 5N1460

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Career offers a combination of both outdoor and laboratory work. The career has many specialised fields of activity including land surveying, cartography, engineering and mine surveying, the use of satellites for positioning, and the production of computerised maps.

Employment of graduates is very high at home and abroad.

Professional Recognition: The BSc (Hons) degree is accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), and the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). Graduates can become Chartered Surveyors or professional members.

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