Fitness Open Evening, Red Cow, Naas Road

Motions Fitness DublinMotions Health & Fitness are holding an open meeting this Thursday 23 July at 7.30pm for anybody interested in the Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness courses in Dublin. It is taking place in the Red Cow Hotel, Dublin 22. This is just off the M50 and on the Luas Red Line.

The Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness is a leading course in Ireland for people who wish to become fitness instructors/personal trainers. This qualification is accredited by a University (U.L) jand it has the highest industry recognition (EQF 5 and Reps Level 5).

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The meeting will feature information on the course, the qualification, job prospects and career development in the fitness industry. There will be an opportunity to talk to the tutors and discuss all aspects of the course.

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Additional SNA Posts from September 2015

SNA - special needs assistant coursesThere has been a recent cabinet decision to approve up to 610 additional Special Needs Assistant posts from September 2015. The additional allocation follows a significant increase in assessed need, following which the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has requested a review by her Department and the NCSE to ensure the SNA scheme is sustainable in meeting its objectives.

According to Minister O’Sullivan, “Every child with an assessed care need will receive access to SNA support. This is an important principle and will continue in the 2015/16 school year. To achieve that goal I today received sanction from Cabinet for up to an additional 610 SNA posts for allocation to schools from September.  The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) will provide details of the allocations later today which can be accessed on”

Last year the Government provided for an additional 220 SNA posts for 2015. In advance of the school year starting in September the NCSE reviews the number of valid applications received and in recent weeks has reported an additional requirement of up to 610 posts above the October 2014 estimate. Approximately 55% of the additional posts will be provided to support students in mainstream classes while 45% of posts will serve students in special classes in mainstream schools or in special schools.

The Minister also announced that a review of the SNA scheme will be carried out to ensure that it is meeting its objectives and that best use is being made of the significant resources invested. Among the issues to be examined will be the reasons behind the significant increase in demand evident this year and how the timing of applications and allocations can be better aligned with the school year.

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Education NewsStudents Urged to Consider ICT Options
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The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, has advised students to consider a career in technology. Vacancies in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector have increased by 89% since the start of 2011. Commenting in June in relation to CAO choices, the Minister said: “There are currently over 6,000 job vacancies in the ICT sector alone and salaries have gone up by 15% since 2011.

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The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is the Irish public sector management development agency. Founded in 1957 by a group of public servants, its aim is to promote the study, and improve the standard, of public administration; to develop a sense of vocation in public servants and to foster understanding between the public and public servants.

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Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Nationwide Locations

For personal Development or for those who want to prepare for professional qualification. Taught and Designed to Level 6 on the NFQ. This course is accessible to all and is a great way to develop an understanding and appreciation of counselling. Students will be introduced to a basic knowledge of counselling, key skills and selected approaches to the process.

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Galileo Certification

Galileo Certification, Distance Learning

The International Career Institute (ICI) partnered with Galileo developers to directly deliver Galileo Certification to individuals wanting a niche in the exciting industry of travel and tourism, particularly those who want to join travel agencies in any part of the world. Get access to Galileo eLearning training whenever you want it, wherever you are.

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Category Focus Childcare
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The demand for high quality childcare continues to increase in Ireland and graduates in this sector are entering a flexible career with a wide range of placements to choose from. A level 5 Fetac award in Childcare could facilitate employment in creches, nurseries, playgroups and similar. For more details about Childcare courses view our Childcare Courses Category on or view our Childcare Articles Page at the following link – Childcare Articles
Featured Article Taking a Gap Year
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A Gap year before embarking on third level can be that necessary bridge to enlightenment and maturity for young adults before hitting college life. It can also be used if CAO choices did not work out as planned and the student wishes to choose an alternative CAO course for the following year. A Gap year does not have to be a ‘doss year’; with the right plan in place, it could one day be the talking point to get you that much sought after position or sometimes it reveals to ‘gappers’ a career that is for them as opposed to their subsequent ill-thought out one.

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Students Urged to Consider ICT Options

ict courses IrelandThe Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, has advised students to consider a career in technology. Vacancies in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector have increased by 89% since the start of 2011.

Commenting in June in relation to CAO choices, the Minister said: “There are currently over 6,000 job vacancies in the ICT sector alone and salaries have gone up by 15% since 2011. Over 44,000 job vacancies are forecasted for graduates with technology skills over the next three years. These vacancies will arise in the ICT sector and in the wider economy, and there are many different types of roles to suit different interests and talents.

“Technology is here to stay in our lives, and to meet the demand for ICT skills, higher education institutions around the country are offering a range of ICT courses. It’s a win-win for industry and students.

“So what I’m saying to students is: don’t rule it out until you check out the courses and careers on offer. Anyone not applying through the CAO process can consider courses on offer through Springboard+.”

Over 3,500 free ICT course places are on offer via Springboard+, with part-time and full-time conversion options available. A survey of Springboard+ ICT conversion graduates nationally recorded that 87% of respondents secured employment in the industry over the past 18 months.

A dedicated website,, is also available to support people in the career decision-making process. The site features real life career stories and video interviews with people working in a range of diverse industries including space technology and cybersecurity.

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CAO Change of Mind – Are You Sure about your Choices?

cao change of mindNow that the leaving certificate is finished, the dog-eared books full of highlighter marks that have been many student’s constant companions for the past year, will be stuffed away into cupboards to gather dust. Notes will be thrown out and pencil cases that had been crammed with lots of spare pens and tippex for the exams will be left lonely for the summer, as students all over the country will celebrate the freedom of having completed one of the biggest and most important exams of their lives.

While it’s most definitely tempting to forget about the exams altogether and enjoy the relaxation of being exam free, it is important to have a look back over the choices you made in the CAO now too. You have up until 5.30pm on July 1st to review and change the choices you have made and it is well worth your while making sure that you are fully happy and certain with your decisions. The exams themselves are obviously a big deal, but it’s the choices you make on your CAO that will ultimately decide your future at the end of the summer.

Earlier in the year, after research into various courses and career paths, you picked up to twenty courses and listed them in your order of preference. These courses have probably been swimming around in the back of your mind when you sat your exams; reminding you why every point you could get was vital and, more importantly, how there would be life after your exams. However, even if you were certain at the time of what you wanted to do, now is still a good opportunity to make sure that you are completely happy with how you have planned out your future.

Firstly, it is important to make sure that the choices you have made are yours and yours alone. It’s easy to be swayed by those around us; from parents, teachers and friends, but at the end of the day, they will not be the ones doing your course and living your life in the college years to come. Just because all your friends are going to do the same course or going to the same college, doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. Parents obviously only want the best for their children but what they might think is interesting may not be what makes you tick at all. Just remember that you will be the one attending the lectures, doing the exams and ultimately, working in the job.

Going with a choice that you are not fully certain of will only cause you a lot more hassle down the line and more money too. If you are not fully interested or committed to what you are studying, chances are you will not enjoy the lectures and find the exams difficult too. When you enjoy what you’re doing, you are always more motivated and, in turn, more successful than those who are forcing themselves through the motions. If college is a struggle then working in that field will only be worse and no one wants to spend their life in a job they hate.

Sure, there are plenty of options these days and people drop out of and change courses all the time, but I’m sure if you asked those people, they would tell you that they would’ve preferred to have known what they wanted to do at the start. It costs money to change to a new course, money that most of us these days just don’t have. Even if you decide to stick with a course that you don’t really like, chances are you will find the course more difficult than if it had been something you enjoyed and this may lead to failing exams and repeating years which again means more money.

One more thing to bear in mind when reviewing your choices; don’t let exam doubt creep in and change your mind for the wrong reasons. If you had a certain course chosen and you feel an exam didn’t go well and that you won’t have enough points as a result, best to put those doubts away with your school books and old notes. We are all our own worst critics and it is quite possible that the exam went better than you imagine. Aim high and make sure your chosen courses really spark a genuine interest in you.

So really, is it that much of an inconvenience to check and review your CAO choices over the next few days when the alternative is much more stressful and complicated? Right now you have the exciting opportunity to create your future and pick the career that you will have. Take a look through your list, take a look through the courses on this website and make sure you have put down courses that will almost make you look forward to dusting off that pencil case at the end of the summer.

Fiona McBennett

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IADT June Open Evening

IADT, change of mind 2015IADT is hosting an undergraduate open evening on Wednesday, 24th June 2015 from 4pm to 6pm.

This Open Evening is aimed at any prospective students thinking of going to college in September who have applied to the CAO. Visitors to the Open Evening can talk to lecturers about interests and the possibilities available at IADT.

5th year students are also welcome to visit the college in order to start exploring their options at IADT.

A series of talks will take place on the day:

Time            Talk

4.30pm        Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities Talk
(Entrepreneurship; Arts Management; English, Media & Cultural Studies)

4.30pm        Applied Psychology Talk

4.50pm        Creative Media Technologies Talk

5.00pm        Departments of Design and Visual Arts & Film and Media (including
Portfolio Requirements) Talk

5.10pm        Creative Computing Talk

For more information view the following link or email

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Counselling and Psychotherapy Taster Days

counselling open daysFor anyone that may be interested in pursuing a career as a counsellor or psychotherapist, PCI College are running a number of ‘Taster Days’. These are geared towards providing answers and information about studying counselling and psychotherapy with a view towards a career in this area. The events introduce participants to the three main areas of counselling and psychotherapy. These are Personal Development, Counselling Skills, Theories and Approaches to Counselling. The events also provide information on the courses and college environment at PCI College.

Venues and Dates

  • Cork – 13th June
  • Limerick – 13th June
  • Athlone – 13th june
  • Kilkenny – 27th june

The events start at 9.15am and run until 1.15pm. The day will include presentations by college lecturers. These will include some explorations into the various therapies and counselling skills taught at the college. There will be an informal questions and answers session on completion. These Taster Days are free of charge.

So if you may be interested in finding out more about psychology and psychotherapy then why not contact the college today and register for free.

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June 2015 E-News

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Education NewsNational Employer Survey 2015
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The National Employer Survey, a report commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Solas, and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) has been published in recent weeks. Some of the reports more interesting facts and findings regarding graduate employment are outlined below.

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eBusiness QQI Certified

eBusiness QQI Certified, Nationwide

This is a highly practical distance learning course designed to equip learners with skills in: (1) developing eBusiness Strategy, (2) creating an online business, and (3) running an online business. It is highly suited for those who are currently working in online businesses and organisations with an online presence. The course is particularly relevant for those who currently work in digital marketing or website development

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Child Psychology Diploma

Child Psychology Diploma, Dublin City

The Diploma in Child Psychology is a 10 week programme. Students attend class one evening per week from 6.30pm-9.30pm in our Dublin City Centre classrooms off Dame Street, Dublin 2.Upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a Diploma in Child Psychology from CMI and a FETAC Level 6 Component Award in Child Psychology.

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There is a wide array of training options in the medical and healthcare category. From medical secretarial and administration programmes to nursing training to counselling and psychotherapy courses, view our medical and healthcare category page for a huge variety of education options. Or view our medical and healthcare articles for information and features on this category.
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Distance learning has become increasingly popular in recent years, however, the idea of distance learning is not all that new; there have been distance education programmes available in Ireland for over 25 years. These courses were print-based at the beginning, however, today it is easy to enrol in an online course, with the selection of subjects, colleges and courses, including degrees, greater than ever.

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Summer Reading Programmes

summer reading programmeSummer reading programmes are a great way to encourage children to read over the summer months. Such programmes not only give children something to do during those not so sunny Irish holidays but also improve literacy skills and expand the imagination in those curious little minds.

One such programme is the Summer Reading Buzz run by Dublin City Public Libraries and the libraries of South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, Kildare County Council and Longford Local Authority.Children aged between 7 and 12 can sign up for a Buzz membership card in their local library. This membership card is stamped with a bee stamp each time the child reads a library book and completed cards, containing 10 stamps, will be entered in library prize draws for lots of exciting prizes. Dublin City Public Libraries Summer Events Programme for children will also run throughout July and August and will have a special emphasis on books, reading and stories to complement the Summer Reading Buzz.

Other such programmes include the Summer Reading Challenge in County Wexford. Their programme works as follows;
1. Each child signs up at their local library
2. Children borrow and read at least 6 library books of their own choice during the Summer, collecting rewards along the way
3. Library staff provide guidance, activities and fun
4. Children receive a certificate and medal on completion
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Previous education minister, Ruairi Quinn has said of such programmes: “Libraries are a hugely important resource in supporting children’s literacy. While libraries are an excellent resource for all families, they can be of particular assistance to families who find it difficult to meet the cost of providing a rich range of books and educational resources in the home”.

The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy acknowledges the importance of libraries and working with libraries to improve literacy.  Summer Reading Programmes are an example of this kind of co-operation.  It’s a simple, fun and free way of encouraging children to read during the summer break.

Last year thousands of children joined Summer Reading Programmes and were inspired to read during the long summer break when their reading skills can decline without the regular reading activity at school.

Reading is a simple, fun activity that can fitted in around family holidays, camps etc. Parents can seek advice from library staff about the types of books that are available for borrowing, especially for emergent and ‘going solo’ readers.

The Summer Reading Programme also gives families an opportunity to see what other events and facilities are available in their local library, such as Internet access, story time, book clubs and many other events.

So if you have young children, why not contact your local library and find out if they are running a Summer Reading Programme which could entertain and educate during the Summer break.

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National Employer Survey Report Published

National Employer SurveyThe National Employer Survey, a report commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Solas, and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) has been published in recent weeks. Some of the reports more interesting facts and findings regarding graduate employment are outlined below.

The main reason for not employing new graduates over last two years was due to lack of graduate level vacancies with 81% of employers reporting this. 15% of employers chose the lack of availability of suitable graduates as their reason for not employing. Employers that did employ graduates reported high levels of satisfaction with ‘Computer and technical literacy’, ‘Working effectively with others’ and ‘Numeracy/processing numerical data’. Satisfaction was low with Foreign language capability’, ‘Business acumen/awareness’ and ‘Entrepreneurial skills’.

Approximately four-in-ten of all employers indicated that there were skills not currently available that were required now or in the next three to five years in the Republic of Ireland. This proportion was highest among the mid-sized employer organisations (44%). Approximately 25% of all employers indicated that they had a specific requirement for language proficiency skills in their organisation.

Employer organisations, when asked what could educational institutions do to improve collaboration between education and enterprise came up with the following suggestions; More engagement and interaction, course content mapped more accurately towards skill requirements, more practical experience through placements and internships, more industry open days and career fairs. When asked about improvements from employers side, the findings included; informing career guidance professionals of up to date industry information and improvements in relationships and engagement between industry and education.

The report found that in regard to levels of qualifications sought by employers, The majority of employers of Higher Education graduates recruited graduates with an Honours Degree(72%). The next most frequently occurring level was a Masters Degree, Post-Graduate Diploma (44%) and then a Higher Certificate and Ordinary Bachelors Degree. Employers of Further Education graduates employed mostly from those with FETAC(now QQI) award (57%) with 26% employing qualified apprentices and 15% employing from those with City & Guilds awards.

Most graduate employers were aware of the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) (61%) and the various levels of qualification within this framework, with highest levels of awareness of this coming from large organisations and foreign organisations.

To view the full National Employer Survey and other surveys published by the HEA, view the following link –

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Enrolling for a PLC Course at Dundrum College

Dundrum CollegeEnrolment on a course with CFE Dundrum is by on-line application at

On-line applications are invited from interested students from January onwards until the end of September – subject to availability of places.

It should be noted that courses currently listed on the website may not necessarily be offered for the following year and are always offered subject to certain minimum enrolment numbers.

Interview rounds are held in March, May and August/September and places are offered on the basis of these interviews.

All applications require an individual’s own PPSN in addition to a valid email address and mobile number and it is important to ensure that these details are accurate as every application is acknowledged by way of email and SMS text and every invitation to interview is issued additionally by post

Details of Fees and Exemptions for the 2017/2018 academic session are listed below ( )

Fees/Exemptions 2017-2018

Description Amount Available Exemptions
On-line Application. Free
Non-refundable Deposit – to accept course offer following interview €40 VTOS students only
Materials/Services €100 VTOS students only
BTEA Students 50% discount
FETAC/QQI Exam Fees: Level 5
Level 6
Medical Card, BTEA, VTOS. (Certain other welfare entitlements are also exempt from this fee.)
PLC Government Levy €200 Medical Card, Student Grant, BTEA, VTOS.

NB: Additional costs may apply on a course by course basis where additional certification or specific resources are required.  Details of these further costs will be outlined at interview.

Non-EU nationals are charged the commercial rate fees set by the Irish Government which are €3,654 for the 2017/2018 academic session.
All Registered Students should complete their enrolment as follows:

  • Payment of Materials/Services Fee of €100 (€50 if discounted) is due in September BEFORE classes commence. All students are required to make this payment.
  • Payment of the PLC Levy (€200) is due by 30th September and the Exam Fees (€50/€80) are due by 31st January.
  • Payments should be made on-line using the Username and Password from your original Acknowledgement Letter

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IADT Summer Courses 2015

iadt evening coursesThe Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) are now taking bookings for their short term summer courses. These courses will be of benefit to any students hoping to prepare a portfolio of art or to try out some creative skills courses before pursuing further study in these areas.

Courses on offer include; Portfolio Preparation, Oils and Acrylics for Beginners, Digital Photography for Beginners, Drawing Skills, Introduction to Portraiture, Advanced Photoshop, Watercolours, Creative Writing and more.

Most classes will run from 10am to 4pm daily with half hour morning break and an hour for lunch. Canteen will be available, serving hot and cold food and drink.

The courses will be filled on first come basis with bookings made on receipt of payment. 50% discount is available to unemployed (will need letter from dept of Social Affairs).

Any queries can be directed to IADT by using the form on this page or by calling the college on 01 239 4631

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Education NewsDealing With Exam Stress
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Everyone 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.

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This FETAC Level 5 Course (5N1771) is designed to give participants a practical knowledge of the operation and installation of CCTV systems at a foundation level. Learning Objectives include: 1. Understand the fundamental elements that make up a CCTV System. ‘2. Set up a Camera, Monitor, Switcher, Quad, Multiplexer, Recording devices.3. Connect up and test system elements.4. Lighting and scene illumination…

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Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dublin – 18th May

100 hour certificate programme. For personal Development or for those who want to prepare for professional qualification. Taught and Designed to Level 6 on the NFQ.This course is accessible to all and is a great way to develop an understanding and appreciation of counselling. It will appeal to those who are looking for personal development or those who need counselling skills in their work.

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Category Focus Hair and Beauty Training
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If you are hoping to become a qualified nail technician, would like to start training as a beauty technician or are looking for hairdressing courses then our Hair and Beauty Listings is a good place to start your search, or view some Hair and Beauty Training Articles for information, tips and training options in this area.
Featured Article Choosing a CAO College
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With 7 universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, 5 Colleges of Education and various Independent Colleges to choose from; the CAO list of colleges can be overwhelming when you are trying to make a decision. Let’s have a look at some things to remember when you are making your decision that will help make the process of choosing that bit easier.

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Hairdressing Courses

hairdressing coursesMany of us did it, once, twice maybe, before we realised that it is a job best left to professionals. Yes, there are many family photographs that make us smile, when a self-inflicted hair crime is evident. As children, there was always something fascinating about hair and cutting it ourselves. We quickly realised that, no, dolls hair does not grow back, and yes, it takes a while for that fringe cut to the skin, to grow back too. Some of us grow out of this phase, other go on to hone their skills on their dolls and family members and then go on to become qualified hairdressers.

Once qualified as a hairdresser there are many different directions your career can take you. You can work in a salon, in your own salon, as a stylist for T.V., theatre, music videos, fashion shows, cruise ships, in hospitals, and even work abroad. A successful stylist can go on to work for the top brands in hairdressing products, work on designer fashion shows, or work on movie sets. Some hairdressers in Ireland have gone on to style some famous heads and also have a long list of regular celebrity clients on their books. Dylan Bradshaw, is famous in Ireland, for being hairdresser to the stars – becoming a celebrity in his own right. There is also the option to combine your hairdressing qualification with teaching – and work in a hairdressing college. There are endless ways and areas to put your qualifications to use. It is an internationally recognised qualification that could take you from Adare to Australia. Hair is hair afterall, where-ever you go!
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How do you become qualified as a hairdresser? Some people are fortunate enough to get taken on by a hairdressing salon, who undertakes to train them; whilst some salons will require some sort of certification before allowing you to wash a head of hair. Regardless of what route you take – whether through a PLC course, a Hairdressing College or as a salon trainee, expect your training to take up to four years (like any other apprenticeship) to go from being an apprentice to a Junior Stylist and on to working as a Senior Stylist.

Some trainees find it can be a slow process, and those who can’t wait to get their hands on a scissors are tested as there are many areas to be covered before the cutting begins. Expect to shampoo a lot of heads before you get to actually create a style. It makes you familiar with types of clients, the different types of hair and the treatments used in tending to locks.

Of course, some people don’t want to pursue a hairdressing course that will take four years to complete. There are some courses that allow you to learn a particular skill related to an area of hairdressing – like styling or up-styling for example.

Be Gorgeous BootCamp from MKF Institute teaches you how to style your hair as well as apply your make-up. The hair styling class covers: GDH/Curler curls, Dry blow Drying, backcombing hair, simple but effective styles, simple up-dos.

If you do wish to pursue a full-time career as a hairdresser, speak to your local salon for personal advice or visit the various colleges of hairdressing and PLCs close to you, to enquire about relevant courses on offer.

In this day and age, there are a few industries that will stand the difficult tests of time that a recession brings. But, people will always need their hair cut or their roots done. Yes, maybe not as often, but repeat visits are guaranteed, provided you offer that service, that makes your customer feel like they are just about to go onto their own personal catwalk.

However, keep in mind that it is a demanding career both physically and mentally. You are daily presented with the task of physically enhancing somebodies features via their hair. Hair is a huge part of a person’s identity and sometimes customers will be demanding and expect the impossible, when they hand you a picture of Angeline Jolie or her rival Jennifer Anniston, for you to copy. However, as a hairdresser, your aim is to make them happy with the picture right in front of them. Themselves! There will be occasions where you might have to deal with clients who are sick, and undergoing hair-loss; this client will require you to be extremely sensitive and empathetic.

Everybody wants to feel special and people remember those who make them feel special. So if you’re creative, outgoing and have good listening skills – you might just be giving a few salons a run for their money.

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Interior Design Courses

interior design coursesInterior designers make the most of the places where we live, work, and play, using colour, acoustics, lighting, patterns, and textures. Interior design is needed in every imaginable interior setting, from home interiors to corporate offices and shopping centres to restaurants, hotels, hospitals, spas, clinics, and salons; and demand is growing. There are job opportunities for interior designers within design practices or as private designers or by focussing on a specific aspect of interior design such as furniture design. There are also many opportunities in other design areas such as architectural firms, and display and exhibition companies.

You may only want to redecorate your kitchen and with some guidance and education, you’re likely to end up with new ideas that will save time and money. If you’re thinking of a career in interior design then an education is essential. A wide variety of choices are available from introductory classes, which span a couple of days, to intensive undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

interior design courses in Ireland, find courses in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and nationwide

Most introductory courses will offer technical skill in design drawing and basic principles in interior design such as different materials and space planning. Specifically this can involve learning about working with colours, sound, paints and wallpaper, fittings and fixtures for both kitchens and bathrooms, different types and effects of lighting, furniture, and soft furnishings including textiles and carpets. Much of the focus on introductory courses, like the ten-week courses offered at Community Schools such as the Malahide Community School and Old Bawn Community School, is to help develop your own unique interior style in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and at the same time learn some trick of the trade and keep to a budget.

Griffin College offers a level 3 interior design course which would be suitable for those looking for an entry level course, this is offered by distance learning so may suit those with other work or family committments.

Malahide Community School offer an evening course in interior design which covers all the major principles and offers a good grounding for those wishing to progress further.

The next step of education in interior design is a university degree. In addition to the types of learning mentioned above, students are expected to learn the theory of art, history of interior design, and project management. Managerial aspects of interior design include learning certain rules and regulations that interior designer need to be aware of, such as those about fire laws, handicap access, and building regulations.

Many Institute of Technology across the country offer three-year bachelor degrees in Interior Design and Interior Architecture including Sligo and Cork. Drawing on a variety of fields including architecture, furniture design, graphics, performing arts, and art the course involves the design of interiors of buildings, their layout, fitting, furnishing, decoration, and the preparation of all technical drawings and written documentation necessary for the carrying out of the work. The graduate will be able to develop designs and their attendant working drawings, and will deal with contractors, suppliers, and local authorities.

The Dublin Institute of Design also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design .The course has strong links with business and manufacturing industries and allows students to specialise in either interior or furniture design in their third year. The programme is based on three areas of study ‚ examining fundamental and developmental study of design, visualising skills and subjects include among others computer-aided design, drawing, design realisation, and the history and theory of design.

With increasing emphasis on style and looking good, it should be no surprise that this trend towards looking good extends to interiors. If we feel good where we are, whether it be where we work, where we live, buy groceries, or eat dinner, we’re more likely to be relaxed and enjoy ourselves. Interior design is an influential and important industry and best of all, it’s in demand.

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