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.

We asked Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mark Maguire

Apprentice Electrician

Construction Industry Federation

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  Mark	Maguire
The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.

Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.
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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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Carlow Institute of Further Education

Carlow Institute of Further Education

Special Needs Assistant


Course Code:  5M2786
Award Code(s):  5M2786
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This one year programme aims to prepare students to work as Special Needs Assistants, (SNAs) in primary and secondary school classrooms or special schools, assisting children with everyday practical tasks. It also serves as a platform for further study in applied social studies/social care and early childhood care and education.

 

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.

Special Needs Assistant:
Care Provision & Practice
Safety & Health at Work
Human Growth & Development
Intellectual Disability Studies
Special Needs Assisting
Equality & Disability
Work Experience
Communications

 

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.
Teacher - Art and Design    Computer Trainer/Instructor  
Dance Teacher   Psychologist - Educational  
Teacher - Languages   Exercise and Health Instructor  
Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary   Teacher - Post Primary  
Staff Trainer   Teacher - Physical Education  
Lecturer - Third Level    IT Trainer  
Teacher - English as a Foreign Language   Classroom Assistant  
Teacher - Primary School   Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup   
Art Therapist   Montessori Teacher  
Teacher - Learning Support / Resource   Teacher - Agricultural Science  
Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education   Fitness /Aerobics Instructor  
Sociologist / Social Researcher   Psychologist - Clinical  
Psychologist   Music Therapist  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Aid Worker - humanitarian  
Counsellor   Occupational Therapist  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Social Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker  
Careers Adviser   Psychotherapist  
Community Education Officer   Museum Educator  
Equestrian / Riding Instructor    

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.
Education
Social & Caring
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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.

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

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To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on the Award Code below:

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5M2786