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We asked Richard Storey from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


Richard Storey

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  Richard Storey

The initial couple of days can be tough as you are in training and it can make people rethink about working here, but I would have to say persevere, as there are rewards at the end of the tunnel.

McDonald's put their people first and never leave them doing the same job all the time. To work in McDonald's you requires patience, a good personality with a willingness to learn something new everyday.

Showing an interest in other peoples interests would help as you have to work as a team so interpersonal skills are ESSENTIAL!!


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Sallynoggin College of Further Education

Sallynoggin College of Further Education


Leisure Management & Fitness Instructor

Code:  5M5146
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Further Information...

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies 5M5146
ITEC Certificate in Gym Instruction
ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
ITEC Certificate in Exercise and Physical Activity for Children
ITEC Certificate in Exercise to Music ITEC Certificate in Water Based Exercise
ITEC Certificate in Instructing Studio Cycling
First Aid Certificate, Royal Lifesaving Society Certificate

This programme provides the necessary qualifications for a career in fitness and leisure industry with options to work as s Studio Instructor, Strength Conditioning Coach, Gym Instructor, Sports Retailer and Freelance Fitness Instructor.

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This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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