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Lynsey Gargan

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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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DT315
Business Studies

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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2 Years
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This programme is designed to provide both a solid grounding in general business and to develop working competencies in key areas such as finance, economics and accounting. There is a wide choice in year 2 of the programme allowing the student to try out different aspects of business before making a decision to specialise.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in a broad range of business related modules including Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Information Systems. They will be able to apply this knowledge to different environments and industries. Graduates will be employable with good communication and writing skills built into the programme. The pace of a Level 6 programme means that students will gain extensive knowledge of a wide variety of topics and be employable in those areas.

Graduates are also prepared for advanced entry to a wide range of Level 8 Programmes in DIT and elsewhere. Through choosing particular modules students start the process of getting accounting exemptions from major bodies such as Chartered Accountants Ireland and ACCA.


 
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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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BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSSX  5M1997  Office Administration
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BEBXX  5M0828  eBusiness
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BROXX  5M2105  Retail Practice

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An excellent grounding in general business will be offered with emphasis on subjects such as Accounting, Finance and Management. While many graduates have gone directly to the workplace in a wide range of business administration settings, the majority of students (80%+) progress on to Level 8 programmes in the College of Business DIT or elsewhere.

Students who have reached the appropriate level in final examinations and meet certain subject prerequisites have the opportunity to access year 2 or year 3 of Level 8 Honours degree programmes at DIT and elsewhere.



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Karl Curran is an Assosiate Director at Aon Insurance. He completed a two year diploma in Business Studies at DIT after which he was offered a position within Aon. His is currently undertaking a degree in International Finance & Banking with the Institute of Bankers and has begun working towards obtaining the FCII.

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