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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Maria O'Neill

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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Arts - Sociology

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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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3 Years
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This course covers a range of issues such as employment, family, gender and ethnicity, food and the environment, development and globalisation, organisations and management, language, and popular culture.

As part of an Arts degree, this is one of four subjects you choose from a menu of subjects in first year. You continue with two of your chosen First Year subjects in second and third year. You may have an option to spend an additional year studying abroad.

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CK101 - Arts - Sociology

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CK101 - Arts - Sociology
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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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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Old Code New Code Award Title
  5M5048  Creative Media
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
ECDXX  5M3050  Community Development
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
EMPXX    Media Production
ERPXX  5M4511  Radio Production
BEBXX  5M0828  eBusiness
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
BITSX  6M5014  International Contact Centre Service
EETXX  5M3635  Education and Training
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
DSACX    School Age Childcare
  6M2382  Telecommunications Access Networks Technology
EPAAX    Performing Arts Administration
DTXXX  5M5011  Tourism with Business
EPATP    Theatre Performance
  5M5151  Performing Arts
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
CCNMX    Computer and Network Maintenance
CELTX    Electronic Technology
  5M2767  Logistics and Distribution
CITXX    Information Technology
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
BAXXX  6M5013  Administration
BALBX  6M4985  Business
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
CNSSX    Networks and Software Systems
  6M2263  Inclusive Education and Training
  6M4385  Retail Management
CSOAX  6M4980  Security Operations
  6M5012  Tourism with Business
  6M4978  Health Services Supervisory Management Skills
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies

Essential Module Requirements:
Must have distinctions in any 4 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification.

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Sociology is the study of people and how we interact with one another. Having a good understanding of human relationships can be a bonus in a range of careers across all sectors. Sociology graduates leave university with a broad range of transferable skills, including being able to work to deadlines, make good arguments and think creatively.

Our Sociology graduates have made careers in fields such as:
media, journalism, and communications
arts and cultural industries
human resources
advertising and marketing
the civil service, government and public administration
the Garda Síochána and corrections services
health, education and social services
planning, environment and sustainability
international development and human rights agencies.

Many of our sociologists from UCC have gone on to become lecturers and professors at universities in Ireland, the UK, the US, Canada and Australia.

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