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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Keith Hayes


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  Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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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 programme covers a range of material from how to design and develop IT systems to how to develop for the web and how to link together computing systems. In this programme you will learn not only the latest coding techniques but also how to specify and design systems for business, for the web, for hospitals, for the future. As part of this programme you will work in a team environment to develop a number of software projects.

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TA312 - Computing
IT Tallaght

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TA312 - Computing
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Essential Module Requirements:
C20174 or C20175 or C20139 or 5N1833 or B20029 or 5N2066or 6N3395 or LCE Maths

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The ICT sector in Ireland employs over 100,000 people with seven of the top ten It companies in the world located in Ireland.

The Irish Government’s Expert Group for Predicting Future Skills Needs currently reports that computing graduates are in short supply in Ireland and that this situation is likely to continue. Now is your chance to choose a programme which will open doors to a long term interesting and rewarding career.

Typical roles include Web Developer, Webmaster, Junior Analyst, Junior Developer, Junior Network Engineer and Database and information system support.

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