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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Product Design and Technology

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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 course will focus on teaching key design skills and building  technical understanding. You will work through design briefs that develop your skills in 2D and 3D drawing, model-making and visualisation.  

Outside the studio you will take modules in various subjects such as engineering science, electro-technology, materials, design mechanics, manufacturing technology etc.

Through your four years of design education you will design products and services across a broad range of themes and subjects including future technologies, healthcare and well-being, consumer electronics, sustainability and social impact, and user experience.  

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LM076 - Product Design and Technology
University of Limerick

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LM076 - Product Design and Technology
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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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Career opportunities for Product Design and Technology graduates will be in Design Consultancy, In-House Designers, Manufacturing Technologists with design capability or Designers with technological capability, and in such varied areas as:

• Consumer Products
• Medical Equipment
• Re-design
• Packaging
• Toys and Educational Equipment
• White Goods
• Assistive technology
• Office equipment and furniture
• Consultancy and self-employment
• Environmental Design
• Transport
• Multimedia

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