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.

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.

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Computer Science (Infrastructure)

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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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Computer Science (Infrastructure) is about developing software and infrastructure for applications ranging from those on smart devices through to those in global corporations. This programme provides the skills required to build data centres and networks and to develop software securely, individually and in teams. Recent graduates work as software developers, software engineers and system administrators.

No prior programming experience is required.

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Students who successfully complete year two of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year will receive a Higher Certificate award.  Students who successfully complete the third year and who do not wish to progress to the fourth year may exit with a BSc (Ord) subject to restrictions.

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DT211 - Computer Science (Infrastructure)

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DT211 - Computer Science (Infrastructure)
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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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CITXX    Information Technology
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M0529  Software Development

Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions which must include:
5M0536 / 5M17814
5 Distinctions which must include:
5N0548 or 5N17783
5N2928 / 5N17789
And one from:
5N0556 or 5S17694
5N0554 or 5N17782
LCE Maths at OC3
Plus at least two Distinctions from the following:
5M0529 / 5M17817
5 Distinctions which must include:
5N0541 or 5N17785
5N2772 or 5N17803
And one from:
5N0556 or 5S17694
5N0554 or 5N17782
LCE Maths at OC3
Plus at least two Distinctions from the following:

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Graduates from this programme are working as Software Engineers, Software Developers, Systems Administrators, Virtualisation Engineers, IT Security experts and Database Administrators in global organizations such as IBM, Amazon and Oracle, local successful companies such as Ocuco, Version 1 and Digital Planet and in start-ups. Many also work in IT departments of banks, building societies and government organizations or as software or infrastructure consultants. Application areas include Intelligent Cities, Ethical Hacking, search engine development, games and legal and financial software.

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