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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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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  Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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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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O'Fiaich Institute

O'Fiaich Institute

Sport. Health & Fitness Studies


Course Code:  5M5146 OFSR
Award Code(s):  5M5146
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is designed to prepare students for a career in the health and fitness industry or sports coaching or alternatively to act as a route into third level education in the areas of sport, health and fitness.

 

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

Exercise and Fitness
Anatomy and Physiology
Nutrition
Occupational First Aid
Volleyball Coaching
GAA Coaching
Soccer Coaching
Basketball Coaching
Internet
Communications
Work Experience
Modules may change.
Work Experience

Students will spend two weeks working in Sports Centres, Leisure Centres, Health and Fitness Centres, Swimming Pools or other related areas.

 

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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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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