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.

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


 

Advanced Certificate in IT and Business Management


Course Code:  6M4985
Award Code(s):  6M4985
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
The Advanced IT & Business Management course is designed to equip the learner with a superior level of computing skills and a detailed knowledge of practices and processes relating to the business environment. Successful participants will receive a a QQI Level 6 Certificate in Business.

There is an emphasis on business management, accounting and advanced computer skills such as spreadsheets, databases and word processing. Learners who successfully complete the course are equipped with a practical understanding of the business environment and a qualification in modern business skills.

 

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.

Business Management
Word Processing
Applied Economics
Spreadsheets
Relational Database
Computerised Accounts
Web Authoring
Communications
Work Experience
Statistics

 

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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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Accounts Team Leader   Business Analyst  
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Manager - General   Business Adviser  
Managing Director   Financial Trader  
Financial Adviser   Operations Research Analyst  
ICT Staff - EU   Information Architect - IT  
Network Engineer   Web Editor  
Web Designer / Developer   Database Administrator  
Project Manager - Software Design   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Network Administrator   Multimedia Project Manager  
Information Systems Manager   Forensic Computer Analyst  
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist   Computer Programmer  
Data Analyst   Test Lead - Software  
Technical Architect - Data   Big Data Specialist  
Computer Systems Analyst   Games Programmer  
Games Tester   Data Change Agent  

Related Career Sectors...
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.
Computers & ICT
Business Organisation & Business Management
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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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