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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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DCU Up 13 Places in QS World Uni Rankings

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DCU Up 13 Places in QS World Uni Rankings

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 

DCU Up 13 Places in QS World Uni Rankings

Sharp rise for Dublin City University in global university rankings.

DCU has risen 13 places to 353 in this year’s QS World University Rankings, the highest increase of any Irish university.

President of the college, Professor Brian MacCraith, welcomed the improved ranking, saying, “This significant rise in position for DCU is driven primarily by an improvement in our scores in research output. In the last 5 years, the volume of publications and citations captured under the QS ranking has increased significantly highlighting the success of our strategy to become one of the world’s leading young, research-intensive universities.”

Since 2010, the total number of DCU research publications captured within the ranking has increased by 58% while citations of DCU research have more than doubled. This rise in the QS World University Rankings follows closely on DCU’s achievement earlier this year of 75th place in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Rankings, the only Irish university to have featured in this league table every year since the rankings were first published.

The QS World University Ranking is an annual league table of nearly 900 universities in the world. Its purpose of the QS World University Ranking is to recognise universities as the multi-faceted organisations they are and to provide a global comparison of their success against the national mission of remaining or becoming world-class. The rankings are based on four broad areas of interest - research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

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