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 Sinead O'Hara from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Sinead O'Hara

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  Sinead O'Hara

First, I would say that the person should give some thought to what Department they may be assigned to. If, for example, one has a particular interest in environmental issues, then obviously this Department is ideal for them.

The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

At the end of the day, service to the public is what a career in the Civil Service is about.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Moate Business College

Moate Business College


Community Development

Code:  6M3674
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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All students entering the level 6 course must have successfully completed the prescribed modules from level 5 course.

A4 Brochure for Social Care Level 6.pdf 

We now have a direct entry link with the AIT to year 2 of the Social Care Practice Course Level 8.


Conflict Management, Team Leadership, Community Development Theory, Community Development Practice, Group Work Theory and Practice, Community Organisation Management, Supervisory Skills and Work Experience.


Those who achieve this award will have a wide range of career opportunities working with: • Community Development Groups • Family Resource Centres • Health Care Voluntary Organisations • Disability Services  


Athlone Institute of Technology AL664: Applied Social Studies (Level 6) AL860: Social Care Practice (Level 8) – Direct entry to year 2

Waterford Institute of Technology WD124 Health Promotion (Level 8) WD192 Social Care Practice (Level 8)

Sligo Institute of Technology SG243 Social Care Practice (Level 8) SG435 Health Science and Physiology (Level 7)   GMIT GA879 Applied Social Studies (Castlebar) (Level 7)

Carlow Institute of Technology CW068 Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) (Level 8) - Direct entry to year 2 CW768 Social and Community Studies (Level 8) CW788 Youth and Community Work (Level 8)

NUI Maynooth MH116 Community and Youth Work (Level 8)


On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following award: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Community Development (6M3674)   


Moate Business College students are eligible under the same conditions that apply to any third level institution for the government paid maintenance grant.

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As more and more people are aiming to get back into the workforce, mature students are invited to apply to any of the courses on offer at the college.  To encourage participation by mature students, each applicant is assessed solely on the basis of an interview.  People who have been unemployed may avail of the Vocation Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) and Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI), and study at MBC without losing Social Welfare Benefits.


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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.
Charity Officer   Equality Officer  
Community Welfare Officer   Psychologist - Educational  
Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary   Art Therapist  
Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup    Funeral Director  
Naturopath   Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  
Aromatherapist   Health Educator/Promotion Officer  
Acupuncturist   Speech & Language Therapist  
Nurse - General   Nurse - Psychiatric / Mental Health Care  
Nurse - Intellectual Disability   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
Psychologist - Sports   Probation Officer  
Garda   Psychologist - Clinical  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Counsellor  
Music Therapist   Aid worker / humanitarian worker  
Community Education Officer   Psychotherapist  
Social Worker   Occupational Therapist  
Careers Adviser   Clergy / Religious Ministers  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker  

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.
Social & Caring
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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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