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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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Journalism - HND

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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Journalism is designed for students who wish to gain employment in print, online or broadcast journalism and other areas of creative media production. While the main focus of the course is effective writing, other skills such as photo-journalism, page design and radio broadcasting will also be developed.

Contemporary media issues will be explored throughout the course and students are facilitated in conducting independent research into modern media practice. Students are encouraged to build a portfolio as well as learning a range of skills to enable them to progress to further study or employment.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Practical Skills
Research Techniques
Feature Writing
Photojournalism
News Journalism
Page Design and Layout
Radio Journalism
Special Subject Investigation
Politics for Journalists

Year 2:
Radio Documentary
Law for Journalists
Journalism Studies
Work Experience
Career Development
Contextual Studies
Magazine Project
Film Studies
Interview Techniques for Television
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