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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Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

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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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Liberal Arts - Access to University

Course Code(s):  5M3114
QQI Award Code:  5M3114 General Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3114
QQI Award Code 5M3114 General Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year programme is an access course to Higher Education. The modules studied are suited to those who wish to progress to degree level courses in Arts and Social Sciences.

What will you Study?

Research and Study Skills 5N3113
English Literature
Social Studies 5N1370
Political Studies 5N1837
Psychology 5N0754
Communication Skills
Personal And Professional Development 5N2985
Word Processing 5N1358
European Studies 5N1444
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. 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.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ELAXX 5M3114

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Further Research

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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.
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Genealogist   Interpreter  
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Museum Educator    

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.
Classic Arts, Languages and Culture
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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