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Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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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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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


 

Sport & Leisure Management


Course Code(s):  5M5146 LTS1
QQI Award Code:  5M5146 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course aims to provide learners with the practical skills and knowledge to instruct people in the sports, coaching and leisure industry. Gain a qualification to work in an industry with real rewards and change peoples lives on a daily basis.

As part of the training learners will complete a Certificate in Fitness Instructing and complete fitness testing, instruct exercise classes, prescribe exercise, complete national and international qualifications and gain invaluable exposure to the leisure industry during work placement.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Sport & Recreation Studies
Exercise & Fitness
Sports Anatomy & Physiology
Customer Service
Leisure Facility Administration
Nutrition
GAA Football Coaching/Soccer
Coaching
Communications
Word Processing
Work Experience
Occupational First Aid

Additional CYQ Certificate in Fitness
Instructing or ITEC Diploma in Fitness Instructing

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Progression Routes

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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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