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Catherine Day

Secretary General

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  Catherine Day
I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Sallynoggin College of Further Education

Sallynoggin College of Further Education


Personal Training & Sports Therapies

Code:  6M5147
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Including Sports Massage and Physiotherapy Assistant

QQI Level 6 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies 6M5147
ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
ITEC Certificate in Personal Training
First Aid Certificate

Duration: One Year Full-Time

This one year course is suited to learners who have already achieved the Level 6 Certificate (or equivalent) in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies, ITEC Certificates in Gym Instruction, Exercise to Music and Sports Massage Therapy (or equivalent). It is designed to equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a Personal Trainer and to enhance their sports massage skills with advanced sports massage specialised techniques. Learners will also be taught how to safely manage the injured player, to determine the need for referral, the importance of correct nutrition in sport and to design progressive rehabilitation programmes to return the injured player to full fitness.

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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.
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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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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