Emotional Intelligence – Your EQ

emotional intelligence - eqThe customary formula for academic success is high attendance rates and hard work. This was and is seen as the winning principle which is advocated in our education system. However, in a world where everybody adheres to this path to success; how do we explain how some people are just more successful, less stressed and happier than others? Aside from luck, there is a very real and plausible explanation. Many of us have read or heard of Emotional Intelligence; well this ‘EQ’ or the lack of it can explain different variations of success and emotional well-being.

Emotional Intelligence, often called EQ (Emotional Quotient) as opposed to IQ is our ability to handle emotions and to cope with the highs and lows that life throws at us. Daniel Goleman, the author of Emotional Intelligence, suggests that there are five aspects of emotional intelligence and that one can check how emotionally intelligent they are, by referring to these:

  1. Emotional Attunement: How aware you are of your emotions and how these affect your life.
  2. Emotional Management: How much you are in control of your emotions and having the ability to make sure they don’t overwhelm you.
  3. Self-motivation: This measures how good you are at delaying gratification; in other words can you prioritise and do important things first for bigger and more important rewards.
  4. Empathy: Are you in tune with the emotions of others?
  5. Relationships with others: This is a skill in handling relationships without becoming overwhelmed by them.

These can be shortened as follows..

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-regulation.
  • Motivation.
  • Empathy.
  • Social skills.

There is an ever-growing body of research asserting that emotional intelligence is critical to people’s academic, work and life success. In looking at the level of work/school place absenteeism that is related to stress, we realise the amount of people that are not capable of managing their emotions. It has been found that children with poor emotional skills struggle to make friends, have poor attention in class and have feelings of frustration. This often leads them to be hot-tempered and encourages negative social behaviour. In the case of leadership, whether political or in the workplace, the most effective leaders have high emotional intelligence and have the most productive workers/followers. Teachers with a higher EQ get higher grades from essentially happier students. These findings demonstrate the importance of promoting our emotional quotient – whether in the work place or learning environment.

In relation to teaching and learning, students who learn in an emotionally intelligent way have awareness as to why they are learning; they recognise the importance of learning and they will connect to the learning material on an emotional level. Our retention of material or events improves when there is an emotional attachment to it. Developing Emotional Intelligence will also remove barriers to learning that we build as we grow up.

As renowned psychologist, Goleman says: ‘Emotional Intelligence is a master aptitude; it is a capacity that profoundly affects all other abilities, either facilitating or interfering with them.’ Perhaps it is time our education system paid serious heed to this ‘Master Aptitude’ especially in the light of the rise in people presenting with anxiety and social phobias and the alarming numbers of suicides and stress-related illnesses in both education and work places in Ireland.

EQ is gaining in importance as recognition grows about its contribution to peoples’ success and their emotional well-being. In relation to employers and employees, those who work in an environment characterised by emotional intelligence will be more productive and happier in their work place, reducing stress-related absenteeism and illnesses.

If the power and impact of emotion is ignored, then both children and adults will be unable to reach their true potential. Emotional Intelligence, if it is fully embraced, will assist in helping people feel fulfilled, emotionally resilient and capable of managing their emotions, that otherwise might overwhelm them and others, the encouraging news is: whilst we cannot alter our IQ, we can continually work on our Emotional Quotient to improve it.

Author: Catriona Lowry

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Certificate in Payroll Techniques Through Distance Learning

certificate in payroll techniques 2017The Certificate in Payroll Techniques (CPT) 
This qualification provides payroll personnel with a nationally recognised qualification by which they can be evaluated. The syllabus for this IPASS qualification was prepared following consultation with payroll professionals in industry, commerce and in the public sector, and it reflects the diverse range of skills and knowledge which all payroll professionals require in order to function efficiently.

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Successful students will obtain the Certificate in Payroll Techniques which is accredited by QQI as a Level 6 Special Purpose qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The course material includes numerous examples and self assessment questions which students can use to develop their knowledge while they study. The course is extremely practical and interesting and is designed to allow students to progress at a realistic pace. Whether you already work in payroll, or not, you will find this course extremely interesting, practical and relevant to you.

Who should enrol?
Anyone who is responsible for maintaining a company’s PAYE, PRSI and USC records
People responsible for the completion of PAYE, PRSI and USC Returns
Accounts Managers and staff
People working in a finance department
Accountants and Accounting Technicians
People who wish to improve their knowledge of the Irish PAYE, PRSI and USC system
Anyone who wants to obtain a valuable qualification

Benefit to Graduates

Hold a QQI accredited Level 6 qualification
Become an invaluable member of an employers’ financial team, by being aware of their employer’s compliance obligations in a highly technical area
Greatly enhance career development prospects
Enhance payroll skills, technical expertise and confidence
Develop professional skills and abilities through the application of advanced training
Develop a network of contacts in a range of businesses working in the same specialist field.

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Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School Establishes Cork Location

Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School CorkBronwyn Conroy International Beauty School, Ireland’s premier school for beauty and skin-care courses, have now added Cork as a new Centre of Excellence for their CIBTAC & ITEC Courses. Bronwyn Conroy International Beauty School is a leading private Beauty School providing beauty therapy courses in Ireland for over 45 years.

On completion of the courses, students are fully prepared and armed with the knowledge and expertise to become leading beauty therapists and make-up artists in what has become a multi million euro beauty industry. Courses include training with Dermalogia, Environ skin care brand for all students. Bronwyn Conroy International Beauty School have expanded their range of beauty courses to specialize in areas of Advanced Skin Care, Laser and IPL as well as all the latest treatments new to the Beauty Industry.

The new Cork location on Pembroke Street offers an expanding range of courses, similar to those on offer in Dublin. The first round of courses to be offered are shown below..

Facial Skincare Certificate Level 2

Gain a qualification with CIBTAC & ITEC as a Skincare Specialist. This is a Level 2 course which will be the foundation of knowledge required to start a career in the Beauty Therapy & Skincare Industry.16 weeks, Saturday 10 – 4 or Monday 10 – 4

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

Especially suited to qualified Beauty Therapists, Hairdressers, Barbers, Nail Technicians, Make-up Artists and Qualified Beauticians who wish to start to move to a career as a Tutor or Beauty Teacher. 8 Sunday’s over 7 Months

Microblading Perfect Brows

Microblading is the latest technique within the permanent make-up industry. Bronwyn Conroy Eyebrow Microblading Course teaches this semi-permanent procedure which can last up to 2 years. Hair strokes are strategically placed between the epidermal and dermal layer of the skin for a technique more superficial than Tattooing. 4 days with 5th day for Assessment

ITEC Level 3 Holistic Massage

Gain a qualification in Body Massage in only 16 weeks , one day per week , Saturday or Monday. As the only School in Ireland certified to offer Lava Shell Massage , we include this treatment with all of our Holistic Massage Courses. This course when combined with the Facial Skincare course offers career opportunities in many Hotels and Spa’s throughout Ireland.

For more details about Bronwyn Conroy International Beauty School, view their course listings on Findacourse.ie – https://www.findacourse.ie/colleges/bronwyn-conroy-beauty-school/

The Bronwyn Conroy International Beauty School website can be viewed at https://www.bronwynconroy.com/

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3 Good Reasons to Become a Secretary or Personal Assistant

legal secretary coursesAdministrative roles have changed and evolved. A few decades ago the roles, would have been associated with being chained to a desk surrounded by mountains of paperwork and filing, in 2018 administrative staff have exciting and evolving roles to play in the modern business.

Here’s just three of the many reasons why secretarial and PA roles are becoming increasingly popular in 2018:

1. Exciting new technologies

No matter what industry you work in, secretaries, PAs and administrative teams have a wealth of new technology at their fingertips. One huge change that has swept through Ireland’s businesses is the move to paperless, which has revolutionised the previously paperwork based roles!

Cloud-based sharing software and portable laptops, tablets and more now mean that administrative staff are no longer chained to a desk surrounded by mountains of files; the roles are much more flexible and allow you to work from almost anywhere.

But don’t be put off by the worry that the technology will be too complex for you to work with, as the training available for secretarial and PA roles has evolved with the changing sector.

2. Attractive salaries

The administrative sector may be changing, but unfortunately the negative connotations about the paperwork heavy roles have stuck around, leading to a gap in people training to become secretaries and PAs.

When a gap in skilled candidates occurs, naturally the sector compensate by increasing the salaries and benefits to both attract new talent and keep those already in the sector happy in their work.

According to Payscale.com, this means an executive secretary or administrative team member in 2018 could earn between €23,000 (entry level) and €42,000 (experienced) per annum.

Payscale also shows that a personal assistant (PA) in 2018 can earn from €24,000 per annum at entry level and earn up to €45,000 per annum with experience.

3. Quick and easy access to training

People are often put off going for a new career in a completely different sector to previous because they don’t know where to begin with retraining.

Accessing the entry level and advanced training needed to progress your career as a secretary or PA is simple. Pitman Training Swords offer a range of career training qualifications, from their Administrative Assistant Diploma to their Secretarial Diploma, as well as various skill focused courses. All Pitman Training courses are recognised and sought after by employers and recruiters, making them a popular choice for anyone looking to enter into a new career.

This article was sponsored by Pitman Training Swords who offer a wide range of secretarial, administration and IT courses in North Dublin and surrounding areas.

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PLC Courses – Benefits and Application Procedures

plc courses early application benefitsWith much of the focus at this time of year being on CAO applications, it is easy to forget that there are other ways to access education after leaving secondary school. PLC (Post Leaving Cert) courses are a fantastic opportunity for those who may have an interest in a certain subject area but are concerned that CAO points may hold them back.

PLC courses are not applied for through the CAO system but instead the student applies directly to the college they wish to attend. It is free to apply and successful applicants are selected  by way of an interview. These interviews are often informal and give the student a chance to talk about their particular interest in the course they are applying for.

Many PLC courses are a great opportunity to sample a course before proceeding onto higher education. Most courses facilitate the student entering the work place on completion of study. The option will often be there for students to gain entry to Institutes of Technology and Universities with courses such as pre-nursing and pre-engineering now widely available.

PLCs are offered by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) & also private colleges. A wide range of subjects are on offer, such as theatre and stage, childcare, electronics engineering and many more. Students are charged €200 (Government Levy) a year to attend a PLC course but there are some exemptions to this such as having a full medical card or being eligible for a student grant.

The qualifications a student receives at the end of their training will be a QQI level 5 or level 6 Certificate on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications). Levels 5 and 6 are both usually one year in duration with students normally entering at level 5 and proceeding onto level 6. Many students with a level 5 qualification can take up a position of employment and may also meet the minimum requirements for some higher education courses.

A QQI level 6 course provides the student with more opportunities to continue their studies at third level. This level 6 qualification allows the holder to continue to the next level of the NFQ framework. A level 7 NFQ is an ordinary bachelor degree and allows for progression to a level 8 honours bachelor degree or higher diploma.

More information on NFQ levels is available at www.nfq.ie.

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Why 2018 is a Great Year to Become a Legal Secretary

Demand for legal administrative roles, particularly legal secretaries in Co. Dublin is on the rise, and with the demand comes competitive salaries and packages. The reason for this demand? The legal secretary role has undergone a major transformation in recent years and the talent gap is beginning to show, as changing job requires more of a technology-based skill set and a fresh understanding of admin in the digital age.

Technology has been very kind to those in the legal sector, with administrative workers waving goodbye to archaic typewriters and saying hello to shiny new tablets, smartphones and laptops.

Whereas the role was once heavily paperwork based and manual tasks such as filing and transcribing took up a large chunk of the job, sophisticated technology has now revolutionised the way these tasks are done. The majority of law firms in Co. Dublin have now gone fully digital, with the remainder fast making the transition to electronic filing systems.

With a decline in the traditional clerical duties thanks to technology, it has allowed legal administrative roles to evolve and changed the way we think of ‘admin’ roles forever.
The new, improved legal secretary

The legal secretary role of old is gone and in its place is the new, much more flexible and tech-savvy role. And therefore, it requires a new generation of legal secretaries that are receptive to the changing environment and have the skill and knowledge to adapt to changing technologies.

And with this new, improved role comes an increased salary to match. A tech-savvy and skilled legal secretary can enjoy a starting salary of around €28k per annum and with experience can earn up to €45k.

If you’re interested in finding out more about pursuing a career in legal administration, you can attend an open evening at the Pitman Training Centre on North St in Swords on 19th September. There will be experts in the legal recruitment field talking about the various jobs in the sector, the qualifications and training required, salaries, benefits, and how to start or progress a career in legal admin.

For more information and to book a free place on the open evening, call 01 8404075 or email swords@pitmantraining.net.

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ECDL Courses

ecdl courses in IrelandThe European Computer Driving License (ECDL) is run as a selection of qualifications, with the aim of empowering individuals and companies by teaching essential skills in modern computer technology. The courses are designed to account for anybody and everybody, from those sitting down in front of a computer for the first time to those looking to lay the foundations for a career in web design, or working with digital images. The more advanced ECDL courses even allow you to train as an IT Instructor.

ECDL courses are internationally recognised, currently running in 148 countries and 41 languages worldwide, and therefore provide a highly transferrable skill set that’s well established amongst employers as a good demonstration of necessary modern IT skills. Each course features a regularly updated syllabus that takes into account the ever-changing world of computing (the syllabus is currently on it’s 5th revision), and so won’t leave you lagging behind the times, and is taught by a highly qualified instructor who’s able to give plenty of hands on assistance.

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Both individuals and employees can access ECDL courses, making them an affordable way for companies to enhance the skills of its workforce as well as an exercise in personal development. While the content at the easier end of the spectrum is fairly self explanatory (using the Internet, email and common programs), the complexities of web design and system usage are targeted skills for people aiming to develop a career in – or at least a strong understanding of – IT, and targeted at individuals with an undergraduate level of education.

ECDL Courses cover the following areas:

• Beginner: Computers for beginners; Internet and Email.

• Intermediate: Essential Computer Skills.

• Advanced: Advanced Computer Skills; 2D Computer Aided Design; Website Creation; Working with Digital Images; Health Informatics System Usage.

• Professional: The standard for IT professionals; IT Training Skills.

Courses are structured in a format that first teaches the material, and then requires students to demonstrate their understanding of it in a series of modular tests (or, for the shorter classes, with a single test). Completion of a course can take anything from 8 hours to hundreds of hours, depending on both the course and the candidate’s ability.

To give an example, the intermediate level ‘Essential Computer Skills’ course requires candidates (by the completion of the course) to have a good knowledge of the use of File Management, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Web Browsing and Presentations, and comes with plenty of online practice tests and training materials to get candidates started. A typical candidate might be expected to take a few hours to complete each of the seven modules.

To examine any one of these courses in more details, head over to the downloads section of the Irish EDCL website (www.ecdl.ie), where you can get hold a series of syllabi and program brochures giving an extremely thorough overview of exactly what’s on offer. The Irish office also runs a series of free, helpful seminars in order to assist HR, Training and IT managers in finding the correct course for their staff, and identifying the areas in which their business’ technological outlook needs to improve.

For listings of ECDL Courses on Findacourse.ie view the following link; ECDL Courses & Computer Training courses in Ireland

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Looking for a career Change? 5 Tips for Securing a New Job You Love

tips for switching careerSeptember has always been a popular time for people to rethink their career. What with the kids going back to school and the summer holidays winding down, it gives you the time out you need to think about your career.

Maria Lalor from Pitman Training Swords gives her advice on finding a new job that you enjoy.

  1. Why don’t you like your current job?
    It’s a question you need to ask yourself, as when you’ve had a holiday it’s easy to feel like you don’t want to go back to work and face 200+ emails.
    “September can feel a bit flat after summer off enjoying holidays and family time, but if you’ve been considering a career change for a while, then it’s unlikely to be more than just holiday blues”, says Maria.
    “Unhappiness in your job can easily be suppressed during the working week but when you have some time off and actually have the headspace to think about it, often your unconscious thoughts start to surface and you start thinking seriously about making a change.”
  2. Research and plan your new career path
    Career change and progression doesn’t happen overnight; it takes planning and work.
    Start by doing some research into the career path you’re looking to take. What opportunities are out there and are there any standout employers you’d like to work for? What skills and qualifications are required for the role you’re considering and what’s the progression path?
    “Identify some employers that you’d like to work for and see what opportunities they are currently offering” says Maria. “That way you can tailor your plan towards meeting their expectations and get your foot in the door with a good company from the start of your new career.”
  3. Get some support
    Deciding on a new career path doesn’t have to be something you do alone. It can be very helpful to talk through your options with a confidant; speak with friends or family, but there’s also people outside of your workplace that you can talk to about your options.
    “We [Pitman Training Swords] have a team of career advisors that specialise in helping people to find the right role to suit them,” says Maria. “It’s an important decision and making it alone can be difficult, it’s always best to get support either from a service like ours, or someone within the industry you’re looking to get into as they can offer expert advice.”
  4. Quality over Quantity
    Don’t just fire out a one size fits all CV to every relevant employer. Employers will appreciate a well-crafted, tailored application and it will set a positive first impression. “Often recruiters and employers will search CVs and applications for keywords that are found in the job advertisement. If you haven’t taken the time to tailor your application, it will show,” says Maria. “Prioritise the roles you are most keen to go for, and work on your applications for these ones first.”
  5. Don’t Rush It
    When you’re ready to leave, it’s easy to want to rush into the first thing that comes your way. But it’s important to be realistic and set yourself a timeline of when things are going to progress. “Changing career isn’t a fast process, especially if you are gaining new skills and qualifications. Having interim targets and milestones can help to keep you motivated and working towards that end goal,” says Maria. “While it may take a while, it’s always worth the wait when the hard work pays off and you start a career that you enjoy.”
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Maria Lalor and her team at Pitman Training Swords offer career training and support to those looking to change career. Get in touch with them on 01 8404075 or email swords@pitman-training.net to find out more.

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Masters in Teaching with Hibernia College

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Thinking of a career in Teaching? If you have a Level 8 degree and a C3 (higher level) in Irish, now could be the time to find out if this is the right fit for you. An independent teacher panel can assess you, as regards to your potential as a teacher.

A successful interview will enable you to plan for your Professional Master of Education in Primary or Post Primary Education, by allowing you to:
A) Accept a place now on one of Hibernia Colleges’ September 2019 programmes, or
B) Defer out to one of Hibernia Colleges’ programme intakes in April or September 2020 allowing you time to plan accordingly.

If you would like to explore these options further then fill in the form or call one of the Hibernia College advisors on 086 1449 044 from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. weekdays or 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on weekends and they will be happy to assist you on your journey to a successful career in teaching.

There is a highly favourable employment outlook for our primary and secondary school teaching graduates.

According to the Irish Independent, Public Expenditure Minister Howlin said the country would need an extra 3,500 primary and secondary school teachers by 2021.

A Masters in Post Primary Education – Professional Master of Education is perfect for you if you want to be a part of the growth and development of teenagers aged 12-18.

As a secondary school teacher, or post primary teacher, you will specialise in two subjects and you will teach these to students from the first year to the sixth year. It is your enthusiasm and focus on your subjects that will motivate and foster a love of the subject material by students, thereby ensuring that they bring as much learning as possible with them in their future endeavours. As the famous quote goes “Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.”

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ISO Certification and Standards

iso certification coursesISO, the International Organisation for Standardisation, is an independent, non-governmental organisation, with 162 member countries. It is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards and facilitates world trade by providing common standards between nations. Over twenty thousand standards have been set covering everything from manufactured products and technology to food safety, agriculture and healthcare.

Use of the standards aids in the creation of products and services that are safe, reliable and of good quality. The standards help businesses increase productivity while minimising errors and waste. By enabling products from different markets to be directly compared, they facilitate companies in entering new markets and assist in the development of global trade on a fair basis. The standards also serve to safeguard consumers and the end-users of products and services, ensuring that certified products conform to the minimum standards set internationally.

The ISO develop International Standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, but are not involved in their certification, and do not issue certificates. This is performed by external certification bodies.

What is ISO Certification?

The provision by an independent body of written assurance (a certificate) that the product, service or system in question meets specific requirements.

Why Choose ISO Certification?

Certification can be a useful tool to add credibility, by demonstrating that your product or service meets the expectations of your customers. For some industries, certification is a legal or contractual requirement.

Popular ISO Certificates

ISO 9000 – Quality management
The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organisations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.

ISO 9001:2015
ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organisation, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact, there are over one million companies and organisations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001.

This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

ISO 14000

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organisations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

The ISO 14000 family of standards are developed by ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 207 and its various subcommittees.

ISO/IEC 27000 family – Information security management systems
The ISO/IEC 27000 family of standards helps organizations keep information assets secure.

Using this family of standards will help an organisation manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to you by third parties.

ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard in the family providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS).

There are more than a dozen standards in the 27000 family

Other ISO standards can be viewed at www.iso.org

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800 New Special Needs Assistant Allocations

sna assistantsMinister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, has announced the provision of 800 additional Special Needs Assistants which will be allocated to schools for the beginning of the next school year, with a further 140 expected to be allocated over the period September to December 2018, an over 7% increase on last year, in order to meet the level of assessed demand.

Following on from today’s allocation, there will be a total of 15,000 Special Needs Assistants working in schools in Ireland. This is a 42% increase on 2011, when the number of SNAs stood at 10,575. The Government now invests €524m in SNAs annually, as part of a total €1.75 billion investment in special educational needs overall. In 2011, 22,284 children had access to SNA support, with the addition, an estimated 36,000 pupils will receive such support.

In September 2016, the National Council for Special Education were requested to lead a comprehensive review of the Special Needs Assistant Scheme to identify and recommend how, in the future, additional care needs of students, over and above those needs that could be reasonable expected to be managed by teaching staff, should be met and to identify and recommend the most appropriate form of support options to provide better outcomes for students with Special Educational Needs who have additional care needs having regard to the significant amount of State investment in this area. The NCSE has submitted that full and final report of the SNA Comprehensive Review to the Department and its contents are currently under consideration.

Speaking from Leugh National School in Thurles, Tipperary Minister Bruton said:

“More children with Special Educational Needs are participating than ever before and we are investing more than ever before to support this. In 2018 the Department of Education will invest in the region of €1.75 billion in special education, almost one fifth of the entire education budget and 39% increase on 2011.

The NCSE will now proceed to notify schools of their SNA allocations for the coming 2018/19 school year and will publish details of these allocations on their website www.ncse.ie.

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IADT Summer Courses

summer courses iadtThe Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin are running a range of short term Summer courses starting in June. The courses are from 1 to three weeks in duration, depending on the subject.

Many of the courses are aimed at pre-college students who require a portfolio of work to apply for third level courses in the creative fields. Others are open to anyone interested in art, photography or creative writing.

More details of the courses on offer are outlined below..

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There is a canteen service available for the duration of these short courses which serves a wide selection of hot and cold food and drink.
A materials list will be sent to students on enrolment and students must provide their own materials, except where specified.

MINIMUM AGE to enroll in IADT summer courses is 16 years of age. Participants between 16 and 18 years of age require written parental consent to participate in all courses including Life Drawing classes.  IADT reserves the right to request proof of age documentation.

Fees must be paid in full when booking. Since all places are filled on a first come basis it is not possible to reserve places on any course. However, places can only be allocated on payment of the full course fee.

For more details about Summer courses on offer at IADT, visit the following link – http://www.iadt.ie/courses/portfolio-courses

You can also view a range of courses on offer from IADT on Findacourse.ie at https://www.findacourse.ie/dun-laoghaire-institute-cg271.html

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Dealing with Exam Stress

exam stressEveryone gets stressed around exam time but it’s important not to let it get out of hand. A small amount of stress can be helpful in terms of motivating us to study but too much stress can stop us from performing our best. Stress symptoms include sleeplessness, poor appetite, headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness and increased irritability.

There are many ways to cope with stress:

If you recognise that you are suffering from stress it can really help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. A chat with someone who will understand the pressure you are under, like a parent, sibling or teacher, can help put things into perspective.

Try not to compare study habits with your friends. Everyone revises in a different way and it’s best to simply focus on the way that best suits you and forget about what everyone else is doing.

Making a study timetable can be a great way of making study time more productive. Instead of being faced with an overwhelming amount of work to revise, not knowing where to start, setting out clear and manageable tasks will make studying feel less daunting.

Try to eat healthily. A well fuelled brain and body will help you to study and perform better during exam time. It’s important to eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and to eat three meals a day. Have a healthy breakfast that will set you up for the day. Swap sugary cereal for a bowl of porridge for longer lasting energy.

A good sleep routine is essential when studying. Your brain cannot function at its best when it is sleep deprived. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Don’t bring your revision books to bed, give your brain a chance to switch off and get your eight hours of well deserved rest.

Exercise is a great way of coping with stress. A simple walk in the park or a run around the block will help to clear the mind and boost your energy levels. Relaxing exercises such as yoga will have the added benefit of helping you to unwind and sleep.

Simple breathing techniques can help to relax a stressed mind. Taking time out to sit and breathe in and out through the nose counting to seven each way and holding for 5 after each inhalation and exhalation, can help to calm the nervous system.

When the exam is over, steer clear of any exam ‘post-mortems’. Once an exam is done, it’s best to try and forget about it and move on.

Ultimately it is important to remember not to lose sight of life after the exams. It may feel like the end of the world if an exam doesn’t go well but there are always other routes to get you where you want to go if things don’t go to plan.

Author: Fiona McBennett

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National Framework of Qualifications NFQ

nfq progressionThe National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten level system that provides a way to compare qualifications and ensure that they are recognised nationally and abroad. Each of the ten levels are used to describe the Irish qualifications system and each level is based on national standards of skill, knowledge and ability ie. what a person is able to understand and do after completing a process of learning, with the higher numbers indicating a higher level of education.

The NFQ system places the Leaving Certificate at level 5 and the Leaving Cert Applied at level 4. From the Leaving Certificate, students are able to apply for courses from level 5 to level 8 (level 9 and 10 are Master’s and PHD courses for which a student needs a level 8 qualification). The NFQ allows students to use the system like a ladder; so whatever step you start on, you can move to a higher level and it can be done in a number of ways.

On entering the system at level 5, Post-Leaving Certificate students may use this qualification to move to higher education, mainly through the Higher Education Links Scheme. This scheme means that students are able to apply for places on CAO courses which includes level 8 courses. Applicants submit an application to the CAO by February 1st but there is no guarantee of a place. However, it does mean that students will have a chance to compete on the basis of their QQI qualification instead of their Leaving Cert results. At the moment, 642 CAO courses accept any QQI level 5 qualification for places. Some courses require the qualification to be in a specific area or that it contains certain subjects.

So students with a level 5 qualification have two ways in which to apply for a course; through the CAO, where their qualification is given a points score, or by applying for  a ‘linked’ course; where a number of places have been set aside for QQI (formerly FETAC) applicants.

Students who enter at level 6 in an IT frequently have the option of staying on in that institution to do a level 7 ‘add on year’ followed by a level 8 ‘add on year’. This means that a student can acquire a level 8 qualification in four years. As most level 8 (or honours degree courses) are four years in length, it is likely to take the student the same amount of time to reach level 8 as a student who enters on level 8. In many cases, a student will be required to achieve a certain grade in order to do the level 7 and 8 ‘add on years’.

Entering the system at level 7 and moving on to level 8 follows the same procedure as level 6 moving to level 7. A lot of the level 7 courses have an optional ’add on’ year to take them to level 8 and students need to enquire with the college or check the CAO handbook. The abbreviation DG in the handbook signifies that it is an Ordinary Degree course while HD signifies that the course has an option to add on a year to make it an Honours Degree. HC+DG+HD means that a course is a Higher Certificate with the option to do an Ordinary Degree and an Honours Degree.

For more information on the NFQ system check out the website www.nfq.ie or check below for an interactive fan diagram that clearly displays the different levels, award types and the awarding bodies.

nfq diagram

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Nursing – The Routes and Requirements

nursing coursesThere are a number of different nursing routes available when becoming a registered nurse. These are: Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated), General Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing, Midwifery, and Psychiatric Nursing. An Bord Altranais (the Nursing Board) is the statutory regulatory body for the nursing/midwifery profession in Ireland and it is this board that is responsible for registration of those who have successfully completed a recognised educational nursing programme.

The World Health Organisation states: The mission of nursing in society is to help individuals, families and groups to determine and achieve physical, mental and social potential. An Bord Altranais considers that the following values should underpin nursing practice: respect towards the uniqueness and dignity of each client regardless of culture and religion, trust, understanding and compassion.

There are 44 nursing/midwifery programmes in total, with over 1500 places available at pre-registration level. A number of places are reserved for mature applications and further education applicants. Each nursing/midwifery programme has two identifying course codes: Standard Code (for applicants applying based on their examination results) and a Mature Code (for applicants who are 23 years of age or over, and who wish to be to be considered for a place on grounds of mature years rather than examination results). Application is made through the CAO for both Codes.

Throughout the nursing programme, the student receives a combination of theoretical and clinical instruction. The first clinical placement occurs early in the programme, usually within three months of commencement. The theoretical component of the honours degree programmes consists of: 67% focuses on the art and science of nursing care, and 33% of the theoretical content, is devoted to the applied biological and social sciences; which are the science subjects that are taught as they apply to and inform nursing care.
nursing places Ireland
Entry Requirements:
There are minimum entry requirements which usually include: C3 in two higher papers and a minimum grade of D3 in four other papers (honours or ordinary). A Laboratory Science subject must be one of these subjects, along with English or Irish and Maths. Individual Higher Education Institutes might have other specific requirements so it is important to consult with them.

Most of the HEIs offering degree programmes in nursing/midwifery consider specific QQI qualifications as an equivalent entry route for standard code applications. In other words, your QQI qualification is converted into points to compete with other examination students. The best 8 modules are considered for scoring purposes.

QQI Level 5 courses considered for entry include:
DCHSN Nursing Studies
DCHSX Community and Health Services
DHSXX Healthcare Support
(Please note that distinctions will be required in certain modules for entry purposes.)
Mature applicants who pass the written assessment (for mature applicants only) are placed on the list for each mature course code for which he/she has applied. The overall score for the written assessment determines their position on the order of merit list for the courses they have applied for. The written assessment has four separate sections: skills/experience questionnaire, a verbal test, numerical test, and a job simulation exercise.

Further Studies: After the completion of a pre-registered programme in nursing/midwifery, graduates might wish to pursue further education in the sector. Many such opportunities are available, and An Bord Altranais has approved a number of specialist programmes. They include: Children’s Nursing, Midwifery, Nurse Tutor, Public Health Nursing, Nurse Prescriber, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Midwife Practitioner.

Sample Courses

Certificate in Nursing Studies from Portobello Institute. This course is designed as a programme of preparatory study to enter a degree programme in Nursing Studies. Students undertaking this course can apply for a training position in General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Children’s Nursing. The course introduces the Student to the caring role of the nurse and emphasises the importance of interpersonal communication. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to care for patients in a safe and hygienic environment. Students learn the basic principles of infection control and are taught to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control. They learn the structure and function of the human body and gain an understanding of the interrelationship between the systems of the body. They study the levels of personal development to understand the concepts of mental age and chronological age in order to be able to relate to people at a level appropriate to their needs. This course qualifies students to work as a care assistant in the areas such as: Nursing homes and Hospitals.

For Mature Code applicants, the Written Assessment Test for nursing is competitive. Kilroy’s College offer a home study course to learn the skills you need to be successful in the competitive written test.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology offer CAO applicants a General Nursing programme. This degree will help you understand the needs of people who are in the care of nurses. It will also give you a sense of how nursing works, as well as the personal and professional qualities that are associated with effective nursing practice. You will learn why people are nursed in particular ways and how to deliver the nursing care that is required. Your academic learning and practical learning will go hand in hand and you will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences as you progress through the course. First year Modules include: Biological and Related Sciences, Social Sciences, Fundamental Nursing Practice, Personal and Professional Development, Health Promotion & Research Studies, Clinical Practice Placement and Computer Applications.

The B.Sc. Nursing (General) is a full-time four year degree programme offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick in conjunction with the Health Service Executive West (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary). On successful completion of the programme students will be able to present for registration with An Bord Altranais and practise as a Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.). The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become confident, analytical and reflective practitioners who are able to make maximum use of resources including research in their day to day practice. The overall aim of the programme is to facilitate the development of an individual who is able to practice nursing based on a sound knowledge and understanding of factors affecting the health and wellbeing of those who require care. This knowledge will be acquired through the study of nursing, biological sciences, social sciences and related disciplines.

Children’s and General Nursing (Integrated) from UCC is a four and a half year programme. The School of Nursing and Midwifery in Cork promotes personal, professional and academic development through the provision of college and practice-based learning. The aim of the programme is to foster the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values applicable to nursing children and adults. Like all relevant HEI courses, on successful completion, a graduate is eligible to apply for a professional registration in children‚ as well as general nursing (RGN, RCN) with An Bord Altranais along with being awarded an NUI degree (if applicable).

Many of the nursing course literature emphasises the need for future Nurses to be caring individuals, who feel that they can contribute to the well-being of others with intelligence and enthusiasm. Regardless of points, if you don’t have the essential human characteristics required to be a nurse, it is futile to apply. If you do have them, you will do well in nursing.
It is a profession that calls for both intelligence and empathy; the latter being the ability to understand what another person is going through, and the ability to respond appropriately. Being empathetic makes a patient feel cared for and understood; it essentially defines this profession.

Find more health care and nursing courses by searching our Medical and Healthcare Courses section

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