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 Lorraine O'Leary from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lorraine O'Leary

IT Support

Lidl

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  Lorraine O'Leary

In order to survive in this job you need to be flexible and patient. Technology is unpredictable and sometimes you need to make sacrifices on your personal time to get the job done well.

I think you need to love IT to work in IT as sometimes things need to be checked two or three times before they are implemented. Someone who can think logically would suit IT. You need to be able to take a step back and identify the common denominator before you can get to the root cause of the problem.

I would recommend doing a short course in IT before totally committing to a 4 /5 year degree. I know many people who started in my course in college but dropped out after a year or two as they decided IT was not for them. Many people think the role of IT is to sit in front of a PC all day but this is far from the turth.

There are many different roles within the IT Sector for example software developer, application developer, programmer.... Personally I like support because I can quantify my work for the day by the amount of issues I get resolved.

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DT222
Physics 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.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
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315

2014 Points

315

Change from 2013: 

-5

Points History:

2013 - 320
2012 - 320
2011 - 305
2010 - 300
2009 - 315
2008 - 275
2007 - 270
2006 - 330
2005 - 270
2004 - 265
2003 - 240
2002 - 230
2001 - 265
2000 - 215

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This course covers five options in the first year and students specialise in one for the third year.

The options are: Chemistry and Physics, Chemistry and Maths, Food Science and Food Technology, Maths and Physics, or Physics and Physics Technology.


 
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Physics at Ireland's DIT is active in research areas from nanotechnology & materials science to optics to medical physics and has pioneered Problem Based Learning as a delivery method for undergraduate ordinary and honours Physics degrees.

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The following FETAC Major Awards may be used for entry into this course. Click on the course codes view a list of FETAC courses that provide that award.


Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions which must include C20139 or 5N1833 or LCE Maths at OB3


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Details of the 2013/14 scoring system and a FETAC calculator can be found HERE

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Physics graduates are employed in a diverse range of areas including environmental monitoring, medical physics, lasers and opto-electronics, equipment design, telecommunications, aerospace, research, project management, finance, education, technical writing, meterology, materials science, geophysics, radiation protection, solar physics and many more.



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