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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

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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Social 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.

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3 Years
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Social studies (or social science) refers to the study of the various fields which explore past, current, and future human behaviour and interactions. It covers topics such as economics, politics, geography, psychology, and sociology .

Students are given a broad grounding in social policy, sociology, psychology, economics and philosophy. There is a fieldwork project during the second year and a social analysis/dissertation project during the third year.

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CK102 - Social Science

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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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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
ECDXX  5M3050  Community Development
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
EETXX  5M3635  Education and Training
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DSACX    School Age Childcare
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
  6M4978  Health Services Supervisory Management Skills
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
  6M2263  Inclusive Education and Training

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Distinctions in 4 modules plus a pass in G20001 or 5N0690 or6N1950 or 6N1949

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Community care work, social worker with Government Departments or Health Boards, Community Care Organisations.

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