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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Galway Community College

Galway Community College

Business Administration - Office Technology


Course Code:  5M2468
Award Code(s):  5M2468
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of information and communications technology and practical typing and audio secretarial skills required in the performance of a broad range of administrative, secretarial and organizational tasks.

Excellent career opportunities and further education advancements for successful graduates.

 

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.

Audio Transcription - Dictation 40 wpm - 5N1549
Bookkeeping - Manual & Computerised - 5N1354
Business Administration Skills - 5N1610
Communications - 5N0690
Database Methods - 5N0783
Text Production - Typing 50 WPM - 5N1422
Word Processing - 5N1358
Work Experience - 5N1356

 

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   Data Protection Officer  
Health & Safety Officer   Civil Service - Administrative Officer  
Civil Service - Executive Officer   Software Production Co-ordinator  
Network Administrator   Web Designer / Developer  
Database Administrator   Network Engineer  
Web Editor   Information Architect - IT  
Project Manager - Software Design   Computer Systems Sales Manager  
Multimedia Project Manager   Information Systems Manager  
Computer Systems Technician   Technical Architect - Data  
Geographical Information Systems Technicians   Big Data Specialist  
Games Programmer   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
Computer System Administrator   Games Tester  
Software Developer / Architect   Test Lead - Software  
IT Security Specialist   Engineer - Software  
Engineer - Computer Hardware   Computer Systems Analyst  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Computer Programmer  
Data Analyst   Computer Scientist  
Computer Assembly Technician   Computer / IT Support Specialist  
Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist   Data Change Agent  
Secretary   Payroll Manager  
Personal Assistant   Front Office Junior Manager  
Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary   Archivist  
Exhibition officer - Museum/Gallery   Letting Agent / Landlord  
Wedding Planner   Bank Official  
Medical Secretary   Law Clerk  
Legal Executive   Pensions Adviser  
Customs Officers    

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.
Clerical & Administration
Computers & ICT
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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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BBSAX 

5M2468