europassEuropass is an EU initiative to help people make their skills, and qualifications clearly understood throughout Europe. Europass brings together documents that have been developed at European level to facilitate the movement of both learners and workers throughout Europe.

These documents are Europass CV, Europass Language Passport, Europass Mobility Document, Europass Certificate Supplement and Europass Diploma Supplement (described in detail below).

The 5 documents are collectively referred to as the Europass Portfolio.

People can use Europass documents when they are seeking jobs and when they wish to enter education and training programmes. The documents are especially helpful when people move between countries to work because they make it easier for employers to understand the qualifications and competences of job seekers from other EU Member States. Europass also helps education, training and guidance practitioners to advise people about the most suitable learning paths and opportunities.


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Europass CV is a standard CV format you can use to detail your qualifications and skills in a straightforward and understandable manner. The Europass CV can be completed online at the Europass portal.

Europass Language Passport allows you to describe and detail your language skills and competences. It is a self-assessment document and allows the user to detail their ability to understand, speak and write a language. The Europass Language Passport can be completed online at the Europass portal.

Europass Mobility is a personal document, which is used to record an organised period of time (a mobility experience) that a person spends in another European country for the purpose of learning or training. This might include a work placement in a company or an academic term as part of an exchange programme.

The mobility experience is monitored by two partner organisations, the first in the country of origin and the second in the host country. Both partners agree on the purpose, content and duration of the experience and a mentor is identified in the host country. The partners can be universities, schools, training centres, companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). You obtain the Europass Mobility by contacting the organisation sending you abroad and asking them to contact the National Europass Centre.

Europass Certificate Supplement provides extra information about vocational education and training awards. It supplements the original certificate, making it more easily understood, especially by employers or institutions outside the issuing country.

Europass Diploma Supplement is issued to graduates of higher educations institutions along with their degree or diploma. It helps to ensure that higher education qualifications are more easily understood, especially outside the country where they were awarded.

There is no charge for the Europass document and application is free of charge. However, there is also no funding available under this programme towards the costs of training abroad. EU funding is available for mobility programmes through Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci and you should talk to Leargas or the Higher Education Authority about the possibility of grant aid from these programmes.

How to apply
The National Europass Centres are the first point of contact for any person or organisation interested in using or learning more about Europass. The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland is the designated National Europass Centre in Ireland.

Where to apply
Irish National Europass Centre
26-27 Denzille Lane
Dublin 1
Tel:(01) 905 8100

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Education NewsThe Bane of Christmas Exams
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The Christmas season is a busy time of year when thoughts turn to celebrations, shopping, travel arrangements, friends to catch up with and family to see. Add in revision and study for those vital Christmas examinations and a third level student’s lot begins to look less attractive, especially as the entire nation seems focused on winding down, socialising and preparing for Christmas Day.

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Established in 2004, College of Management and IT (CMIT) is a leading provider of certified / accredited elearning and distance learning education in Ireland. The aim of the college is to provide the opportunity for people to gain a recognised qualification in the most convenient and flexible way possible, while providing clear value for money.

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CIDESCO Full Time Beauty Therapy Course

CIDESCO Full Time Beauty Therapy Course , Apply Before 13th Jan

The CIDESCO Diploma is a prestigious qualification in the field of Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy. The prestigious CIDESCO Diploma is awarded to students who have passed the CIDESCO examinations, both theory and practical and given proof of having gained at least 600 hours work experience in a Beauty Salon/Centre or Spa. The pass rate for CIDESCO is 70%.

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Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Course, Apply Before 2nd February

This course is open to anybody who wants to attain a professional qualification in fitness instruction and personal training. The qualification is awarded by the University of Limerick and it is the only fitness qualification in Ireland that is university accredited. It is also recognised by the European Health and Fitness Association.

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The demand for high quality childcare continues to increase in Ireland and as a graduate in this sector, you are entering a flexible career with a wide range of placements to choose from. A level 5 Fetac award in Childcare could gain you employment in creches, nurseries, playgroups, early start programmes or as a classroom assistant in a special school. 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 January Evening Courses in Dublin
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Are you looking for a positive way to start 2015? There’s no better time to enrol in an evening course where new experiences, knowledge and friends will guarantee to get the year off to a great start. There are plenty of courses on offer all over the city and the wide range of subjects available means that there is something to suit everyone’s interests. Evening classes are a convenient way to enhance skills needed for the workplace or to start a new hobby.

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The Bane of Christmas Exams

christmas examsThe Christmas season is a busy time of year when thoughts turn to celebrations, shopping, travel arrangements, friends to catch up with and family to see. Add in revision and study for those vital Christmas examinations and a third level student’s lot begins to look less attractive, especially as the entire nation seems focused on winding down, socialising and preparing for the holidays.

Many third level colleges in Ireland have changed over to a semester based system, where modules are taught along with continuous assessment of the student. Credits are gained for each module and examinations take place at Christmas/New Year and again in Summer. Dividing the academic year into two parts definitely has merit and dual examinations avoid the added burden of extra revision and study that would be otherwise required at the end of the year.

With exams at Christmas, students can complete the exams and have time to enjoy a relaxing break with a fresh start to look forward to in the new semester on return to college. By partioning the year, it means performance is spread across two semesters and overall results do not depend on just one final push at year end finals. For the student who is forced to miss summer final exams due to ill health or other circumstances, with one round of exams completed, they already have half a year completed. Therefore to repeat exams or repeat a semester is not as bad as repeating a whole year.

On the other side of the argument, many students feel burdened by continuous assessment. They feel under scrutiny at all times which in some cases leads to stress and anxiety. Many students speak of having to adapt to the way a module is going to be assessed or choosing to opt out of modules if it does not suit their style of learning. For example, if a module includes a presentation, essay and end of semester exam there are rigid dates to work to and while this is not necessarily a bad thing, there are plenty that do not like this highly structured approach.

With everybody in a holiday mood students are often distracted from the exams with all the college events taking place. It takes a lot of discipline to remain focussed at this time of year. Shorter holidays mean there is less opportunity for work, which many students are reliant on to earn extra income to support themselves in college. The Christmas exams can preclude them from seasonal work as the exams finish late in December or in early January.

There is also a point to be made about the timing of the Christmas exams. Many students understandably want to get the exams out of the way, but some colleges do not have the exams until January upon returning to college. This can mean additional pressure for those who may be travelling over the Christmas season or who may have other commitments such as part-time work. On the plus side, the Christmas holiday allows for study and revision days once the celebratory days are out of the way. While there are no hard and fast statistics regarding exam timing & exam results correlation, exams after Christmas are likely to favour more disciplined students who can set aside distractions.

As more colleges move over to the semester system, it looks like Christmas/New Year examinations are here to stay. The system is popular with the academic community as it puts the student in a position to be assessed and mentored throughout the education process relying on standard metrics to assess performance. Many students are not quite as enthusiastic as it means additional pressure, where they feel they have to be in examination mode for large and sometimes inopportune parts of the year.

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Evening Courses in Dublin

January Evening Courses in DublinThere are a wide range of evening courses available in Dublin in Spring and Autumn terms. These are excellent times to enroll in an evening course where new experiences, knowledge and friends will guarantee to make the experience a worthwhile one.

There are plenty of courses on offer all over the city and the wide range of subjects available means that there is something to suit everyone’s interests. Evening classes are a convenient way to enhance skills needed for the workplace or to start a new hobby.

The following are just some examples of the courses to be found:

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute offers a wide selection of evening courses such as emarketing, first aid, scriptwriting for film and television, bookkeeping and much more. Enrolment for the Spring courses, starting in January, can be done online, in person, by post or by fax. Courses range from 4 weeks to 20 weeks in length. Visit for more info.

Institute of Technology Tallaght is partnered with the Government’s Labour Market Activation Programme as well as other back to education schemes and tailors training programmes to suits employer’s specific needs. Check out for more information on the courses and trainings on offer.

Dublin Cookery School provides evening courses that cover all aspects of cooking and baking. Classes include Modern Bistro Cooking, Focus on Fish, Bread Making and Gourmet Pizzas. Courses range from one evening to a few weeks in length and prices vary accordingly. Visit

Sandford Languages Institute has a new term of classes starting in February and courses in every language imaginable are on offer, from Lithuanian to Vietnamese. Classes typically run from 6pm-7.30pm and 7.30pm-9pm. Visit for more details.

The Grafton Academy of Dress Design provides courses on dressmaking, fashion design and hat making. Courses run for between 10 and 18 weeks from 7pm-9pm and prices vary accordingly. Visit for further info.

Lucan Community College runs 8 and 10 week courses in subjects such as computers for beginners, pottery and digital photography. Classes are typically held between 7pm and 9pm and fees start at €50 with senior citizens paying €60 for all courses. Visit for details.

Ballsbridge College of  Further Education provides courses in arts and crafts, computers and business, hobby courses, languages and development and lifestyle courses. Everything from courses in Latin American Development Issues to Practical Computing for the Older Adult is on offer. Website can be viewed at

Crumlin College of Further Education begins a new term of evening classes in January and have a selection of courses to choose from such as creative embroidery, advanced excel and introduction to make up artistry. Courses are between 5 and 10 weeks in length. More info at

Liberties College have plenty of QQI level 5 and 6 courses to choose from in the area of Early Childhood Care and Education. Courses include Child Development and Social Studies. There is also a Screenwriting course on offer. Visit

Ringsend College begins their Spring Programme on January 27th and enrolment begins on January 13th. Spanish, Pilates and Marine Engine Maintenance are a sample of the courses available. Visit for more details and to download a full brochure.

Communications and Management Institute provides part-time courses in areas such as marketing and PR skills, management and business and health and safety. Courses vary in length and fees. Visit for more information or view courses on at

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Law Courses

So you’re dreaming of witty courtroom banter, 6-figure salaries and a holiday home on the French Riviera? Law is certainly a decent route into the world of corporate fun and rich city life, but here’s the bit they don’t tell you: there’s a whole host of dull cramming, ladder climbing and late nights nosing around the finer points of legal principle to be done first. If that doesn’t put you off, there are several ways to get started.

The most common route into law is also the most simple: take a law degree. It’s intense, but three years of undergraduate study will put you in the perfect place to make an informed choice about exactly what area of law you’d like to go in to. If you do well, you’ll get to choose from a number of lucrative routes, and (if you’re right at the top of the class) might even have the pick of a host of training contracts and further qualification options from the top law firms, who regularly headhunt from courses at the most prestigious universities. The first decision you’ll have to make is simple but important: solicitor, or barrister?

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To be called to the bar (as those in the profession refer to the process of becoming a barrister), you’ll need to follow up your degree with further qualifications. If you took a law degree to start with, this is a relatively simple process involving a challenging entrance exam, and a yearlong intensive course (which can also be fulfilled over two years, somewhat less intensively). It’s worth remembering, of course, that though it’s generally considered to be the higher position for a lawyer, barristers tend to have a much harder early professional life than solicitors. Barristers rely on reputation, and newcomers can find court assignments (and therefore income) hard to come by. The flipside is that established barristers can earn quite ludicrous amounts of cash working an endless stream of high profile cases. But you have to get there first.

If you’re look for the stability of a regular monthly salary, as well as a strong workload and the chance to work your way up to partner (and that French seaside villa), becoming a solicitor is probably the route for you. Sadly, simply having a law degree doesn’t make you a solicitor. You’ll need to wiggle your way in to a firm – perhaps the hardest part of the process – and win a coveted position as a trainee solicitor. From here, you’ll be taking on minor cases and assisting the firm’s solicitors for the following year, and ultimately hoping to win a full time contract. After 11 months of long hours, small cases and coffee fetching, you’ll still be fully qualified solicitor, even if you don’t win the long term contract, and many take the option to hunt around for a firm that suits in terms of location and legal specialties at this point.

Those who’ve come from a different academic background have a slightly longer road to take. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing: a degree in other areas – particularly a science, language or engineering based field – can be a great advantage in the legal profession. But you are going to need to take a crossover course (or ‘diploma in legal studies, as they’re more formally known), which often takes as long as two years to complete. If you’re highly academic, you might find a law firm willing to sponsor you, but most mere mortals have to settle for part time courses mixed with moneymaking employment.

The long-term rewards of the crossover route can be financially lucrative, however, as a mixed background often appeals to law firms, enabling them to take on specialist areas such as environmental cases, or accidents revolving around structural claims. Patent law – which examines the originality and technical accuracy of patent claims – is another particularly lucrative area for multi-discipline students to aim for. Employment law – protecting employers from the overzealous employee (or vice versa!) – is another high-demand niche area, and has its own specialist courses.

Of course, there are other routes into the legal profession. If you’re not the type to battle it out in the courtroom, you can still spend your days at the solicitors by pursuing a career as a legal secretary, which will give you access to all the juicy courtroom drama without needing to make the speeches yourself. Several institutions offer course targeting the legal secretary position specifically; this can lead to secure positions working alongside bright minds in a vibrant workplace.

Ireland’s best universities all offer law as a basic degree, and are best researched through their own websites. For more details on full tima and part time law courses on this website use the following link on Legal Courses on

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Medical Administration, The Role of a Medical Secretary

medical secretary coursesMedical administrators play an important role in the successfull operation of medical or healthcare facilities. They work in a wide range of environments, including hospitals, research establishments, GP practices, and community healthcare services. They keep the working environment running smoothly at all times and help medical professionals focus on their busy roles. This is an extremely important position as the secretary/administrator often becomes the face of the clinic or medical centre they work for, not to mention ‘the right arm’ of a doctor, dentist or researcher.

Patients can be apprehensive, even fearful about a visit to their doctor, so they need that reassuring welcome on arrival. They also want to visit a well-organized, clean, and efficient environment. This is where a medical secretary demonstrates their interpersonal and organisational skills. Their responsibilities include ensuring that patients have a good experience from the moment they enter the office doors.

Medical administrators/secretaries on any given day could be transcribing dictation, preparing correspondence, or assisting physicians or medical scientists with their daily responsibilities. They also record simple medical histories, arrange for patients to be hospitalized, order supplies, and liaise with laboratories. In some cases they will prepare reports, speeches, articles, and organise conferences. In addition, medical administrators use computers to create spreadsheets, compose correspondence, manage databases, create presentations, reports, and documents. Dependent on the employer; they work with vendors, track leased equipment, manage stockrooms or libraries, and retrieve data from various sources.
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On progression in this role: a medical administrator could end up supervising other staff and performing less clerical tasks, if working in a larger medical environment. They are often tasked with conducting research for their doctor/superior and preparing statistical reports. In a number of situations, they work with secretarial teams in hospitals and with medical scientists to share their expertise.

The general duties and responsibilities for both medical secretaries and medical administrators include:

– Updating patient records
– Making appointments for patients and arranging the general schedule of the employer
– Dealing with correspondence and general queries from patients
– Dealing with enquiries from members of the press. This is particularly applicable to those working for a research establishment
– Writing letters and sending them to the appropriate recipients
– Setting up a filing system and updating it regularly
– Filling in complex forms
– Sending away samples for medical testing and, if appropriate and accepting samples for medical testing
– Sending the samples to the appropriate internal hospital department
– Updating patient notes with accurate test results
– Phoning patients to inform them of the results of medical tests
– Making appointments with hospitals on the behalf of patients who require minor medical procedures
– Performing numerous general and personal tasks for the employer throughout the working day
– Undertaking medical research on a particular subject
– Writing reports on this research
– Presenting the results of the research to the employer and explaining its wider significance

In order to become qualified there are a number of different options for those interested. A popular choice is to get an actual qualification related to medical administration or medical secretarial  studies rather than getting a general secretarial qualification and then trying to gain work experience in a medical setting. These type of courses will teach both basic and more complex skills relevant to this medical role. Of course, training continues once you obtain a position in a medical environment.

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Pitman Training run a part time/evening Medical Secretarial Diploma. This Pitman Training Diploma will give you the necessary skills you need for this career; from keyboard skills to typing speed and audio; to total mastery of the most commonly used Microsoft software; to knowledge of the necessary medical terminology. Shorthand is an additional option, if you wish. They have nationwide locations including a swords branch (Pitman Training Swords)

College of Management and IT (CMIT) run a Medical and Clinical Administrative Distance learning Course. This programme is designed for people who wish to gain a recognised qualification to enable them to begin work or improve their career in Medical Reception and Medical Administration roles. Students will learn how to: manage front office services, manage clinical administration, use technology within clinical practices, use and understand medical terminology, work with medicine and hygiene, and understand confidentiality practices. The course is ideal for all those working in administration or customer service roles within Private Consultant clinics, Hospitals, Doctor or Dentist surgeries, and private Health Clinics.

There are also various PLC courses that also qualify you for this area of employment. The aim of these PLC courses are to prepare students for employment opportunities in a medical setting using the latest software. Emphasis is also placed on developing good communication and interpersonal skills. These courses are FETAC Level 5 accredited.

Yes, medical secretaries/administrators will usually work in a comfortable office, but it is often the case that the comfortable office is situated in a reception area. That entails working in the eye of the public and often with many disruptions to the work you are doing. However, this is a highly thought of position as it is a secretarial role in a medical setting with a lot of responsibility.

What makes an excellent medical administrator/secretary? You must be highly organised to start. Secondly, you have to be a ‘peoples person’, especially if you are working in a GP/Dentist/Clinic setting. You have to have the ability to deal with pressure whilst being calm and polite to the public you will be dealing with. Attention to detail is a necessary requirement along with excellent computer skills. The ability to adhere to ethics and rules of confidentiality is essential. If you do move onto to working for a pharmaceutical company, a research institute or perhaps into a community health care; as a medical secretary/administrator, you would often have the additional responsibility to provide support for a team of employees and sometimes work to deadlines.

If you are interested in such a position – perhaps contact your local GP/Dentist to see can you avail of some work experience or work shadowing in order to get some first-hand experience of this important role or discuss your interest with any one of the course providers mentioned.

A medical secretary/administrator is a specialised role but it is a role with many progression routes in the medical world, available to those with relevant qualifications and experience.

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Education NewsGameCraft Event, Cork Central College
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With so many computer programmers and graphic designers expressing interest and gaining employment in the field of electronic gaming, there is a huge appetite for events which offer information and collaboration possibilities in this area. GameCraft is one such event and returns this year after success in previous years.

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Dorset College was founded in 1983 and today offers a large variety of career orientated options for school graduates and adult learners. The courses are accredited by bodies such Hetac, Fetac, ACCA, Acels, IATI, CIPD and PMI. This gives students plenty of options to continue with education or to use these qualifications for employment or career improvement.

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CCTV over IP - Digital CCTV and Remote Access

CCTV over IP – Digital CCTV and Remote Access, Apply Before 8th November

This practically based CCTV over IP course is designed to give participants a general knowledge of how to integrate Analogue and Digital technologies in addition to access and control of CCTV systems from remote locations. Learning Objectives: – Understand the fundamental elements that make up a Digital CCTV System. Understand how to integrate Analogue with Digital technologies. Set up IP, wireless and Covert cameras.

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Legal Secretarial Course - North Dublin

Legal Secretarial Course – North Dublin, Apply Before 10th November

Whether you’re a newly-experienced secretary or you’ve been in the role for a while, becoming a Legal Secretary is within your reach. Our Legal Secretarial Diploma is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and understanding that is required to work within the legal profession or the legal department of a large firm. With your diploma you’ll be able to confidently display your sector specific skills, with a broad understanding of various aspects of Irish law, including terminology, the court system and legal personnel.

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If you are looking for some tips on becoming a qualified nail technician, would like to start training as a beauty technician or get going as a hair stylist, then our Hair and Beauty Category is a good place to start your search. You can also view some Hair and Beauty Training Articles for information, tips and training options in this area.
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Would you like to do an interest course or study for a qualification to improve your career options – but think it’s just not possible due to the ever increasing demands on your time? What, with a full-time job, childcare, commuting and the rest, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to attend even a part-time course.

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GameCraft Event, Cork Central College

GameCraft CorkWith so many computer programmers and graphic designers expressing interest and gaining employment in the field of electronic gaming, there is a huge appetite for events which offer information and collaboration possibilities in this area. GameCraft is one such event and returns this year after success in previous years.

What is GameCraft?
GameCraft is a games collaboration event designed around building the gaming community. The aim is to create events which allow game-makers to meet, share ideas, have fun, compete for prizes and most importantly make games!

The first Dublin GameCraft which took place in February of 2012 in DIT had over 120 attendees and produced more than 35 games. Since then Dublin GameCraft has gone from strength to strength with events in GamesFlá Thurles, in Belfast, and a charity GameCraft for ISPCA.

This years event takes part in St. John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, Cork City on 22nd November. Sponsors for the event include Microsoft and the Evening Echo. The days breakdown is included below..

09:00 – 09.50 – Registration
09.50 – 10.00 – Intro and theme
10.00 – START
13:00 – Lunch
19:59 – STOP
20:00 – Start judging and playing games
21:00 – Judges deliberate (privately)
21:45 – Awards
22:00 – End and socialise

Anyone interested in attending this event can contact St. Johns Central College on 021 425 5500. The event webpage can also be viewed at

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A Career in Mentoring

a career in guidanceA competent and qualified Life Coach or Mentor is a professional who helps clients navigate through challenging times (professional life, business life or life in general). People choose to go to a Life Coach/Mentor for a number of different reasons: to find their true destination, to achieve personal or professional success – in essence to actualise.

Maslow’s theory on motivation places self-actualisation at the top of what he sees as the hierarchy of needs. As a Psychologist, Maslow believed that human motivation is based on people seeking fulfilment and change through personal growth.  Maslow outlined how self-actualised people were those who are fulfilled and doing all they were capable of doing. In order to self-actualise; a person must grow, develop, or progress forward; all issues a Life Coach/Mentor can assist you with.

A professional qualification in mentoring equips graduates with many excellent people and coaching skills. It is the ideal qualification for those wishing to set up their own business but it is also a skill that is thought of highly by any employer. Having a qualified mentor in a company is a valuable asset and can often be a source of inspiration and guidance to other employees.

If this is an area that you are interested in; there are a number of courses to choose from. The College of Management and IT (CMIT) run both a Certificate and a Diploma course in Professional Coaching & Mentoring which is accredited by Institute of Leadership and management (ILM). This is a Distance Learning course which means regardless of your geographical location you can do this course without it affecting your current job, location etc.

Their advanced coaching course is suitable for those who wish to take responsibility for organisational coaching and mentoring; it is also recommended for those who wish to operate as freelance/professional management coaches and mentors. Participants will learn the relevant skills and competencies to develop coaching programmes and conduct professional coaching sessions – along with developing the necessary communication and listening skills in order to ascertain the issues the client presents with. Rapport building is another valuable skill that this course addresses. Their Diploma course leads to Level 6 award from the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland.

CMIT also offer students the chance to study and complete a Certificate in Life Coaching. This learning/training provider recognises that life coaching is a new and rapidly growing profession. The aim of this Life Coaching course is to ensure that the coach has all the necessary life coaching skills to guide the client in order for them to reach their full potential. This course is ideal for those who are considering a career as a Life Coach. It is also recommended for HR Specialists and those responsible for managing people who wish to develop their life coaching skills. If you are a counsellor, teacher or team coach you might wish to refresh or hone your skills in this area via this course.

Yes, the demand for life coaches will continue to increasing rapidly because of today’s demanding lifestyles and careers. In fact, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) forecasts that it will become more popular in the coming years. The International Career Institute recognises that there is and will be a shortage of qualified professionals in this area. Therefore, this is the ideal time to join and establish yourself in this exciting and rewarding industry.

ICI’s life coaching course is another example of a course which gives you the necessary competencies and skills to guide people as they search for personal fulfilment in the many different facets of their life. A career as a Life Coach can be very fulfilling because you accompany another in their journey as they improve as people and put goals into place to reach their personal and professional ambitions. Essentially, a Life Coach can bring out the best in a person by enabling them to reflect on their own issues in a safe and supportive space whilst enabling them to find their own solutions and establish their own goals.

PCI College runs a range of part time psychology and personal development courses. Many of these courses may be of interest to those interested in becoming a guidance professional. For more information view their page at

A helping career is an extremely rewarding area to be involved in. Career Coaching, Life Mentoring and Life Coaching are the perfect career matches for those people who wish to become involved in supporting and directing people to their appropriate life path; to set realistic goals; and to address obstacles that are preventing them from self-actualising. Unlike counselling (whilst counselling skills are required to ensure rapport is created and the client feels listened to), Mentors and Coaches, whilst paying attention to the client’s life story, remains solution focused in ascertaining the best way to overcome obstacles to move forward and help clients to become self-actualised.

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Learn Irish this Autumn with Conradh Na Gaeilge

Dubliners and Galwegians will have a chance to kick-start their language skills again this autumn with Conradh na Gaeilge’s 10-week Irish courses for adults starting for only €180, with further discounts available to former pupils, students, OAPs and the unemployed. The courses cater for all learner levels and run for two hours from 7.00 – 9.00pm,one night a week. The courses start on the 22nd September in Dublin and from 29th September in Galway.

Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Conradh na Gaeilge’s Course Coordinator says: “Whether you’re a Leaving Cert student who needs to become a fluent conversationalist by April, or a parent with children in a Gaelscoil looking to practise your cúpla focal to use at home, Conradh na Gaeilge has an Irish course perfect for you this autumn!”

In light of the success of Leaving Cert classes launched in previous years, Conradh na Gaeilge is running a 10-week course for students looking for guidance on how best to prepare for the Irish leaving cert exam. The course is given by an experienced teacher who will help prepare students for the oral exam, worth 40% of the over-all marks for Irish.

For applicants to primary teaching postgrads needing to prepare for the Irish interview that forms part of the application process, Conradh na Gaeilge have a wide range of preparatory day courses to choose from. The Conradh courses give guidance and practice for the interview to applicants by means of group work, role-play and handouts, as well as a mock interview with feedback and pointers on the most common mistakes.

As Ní Ghairbhí explains: “Fluency in Irish can give prospective employees an extra edge when applying for positions, and the specific preparatory courses Conradh na Gaeilge offers for the primary teaching interview are hugely beneficial for building confidence in speaking Irish, as well as adding to your store of vocabulary.”

Conradh na Gaeilge evening courses for adults also comply with Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge syllabi, which means students have the opportunity to take exams, run by NUI Maynooth, to gain an internationally-recognised European qualification in Irish based on class material and complimented by Irish-language events.

A range of Sean Nós Dancing classes are also being offered by Conradh na Gaeilge in Galway this Autumn. Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate classes are all on offer for just 90 euros for 10 weeks. The classes are held once a week for one hour.

You can register for any Conradh na Gaeilge course online at or by contacting Máire Ní Dhuiginn at / +353 (0)1 4757401 for more information and to book your place. Additional Irish classes are also available through Conradh na Gaeilge in Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Mayo and across the country.

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Colaiste Ide, Late Vacancies

colaiste ide plc coursesColáiste Íde in Finglas, Dublin 11 is a further education college which offers a range of course options for post leaving certificate students and adult learners. The college has a number of late vacancies for students who may be interested in progression to higher education through QQI level 5 PLC courses. More details of these are outlined below..

Pre University Science Course This is a Preparatory Science Studies over one year including Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Laboratory Skills and Mathematics. In 2013 four students got in to Trinity and several others got into UCD and NUI Maynooth. This year three already have got places in Maynooth.

Accounting Technician This a professional qualification which gives exemptions from the major professional bodies. Graduates are also eligible to get onto the third year of an honours business degree in accounting at IT Tallaght. In 2013 two graduates came second and third in Ireland and in 2014 Ann Coates came first in Ireland in her final year.

Travel and Tourism Diploma This is a one year course run in conjunction with the Irish Association of Travel Agents (IATA) Students find employment in travel agencies, as cabin crew, ground crew and in car rental agencies.

Diploma in Leisure and Beauty This a one year full time course with FETAC and ITEC certifiication. Students find work in hotels, spas, leisure centres, beauticians and cruise ships.

Applicants should contact the college directly on 01 8342333

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September 2014 E-News Update

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Education NewsAutumn Options for Part Time Learners
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Autumn can only mean one thing – back to school. Even if your school days are behind you, September and October are still jam-packed with exciting opportunities to sign up to a new learning experience. Attending a part-time evening course is a great way to enhance a CV, to socialise and make friends, as well as learn something completely new. The abundance of courses available means that there is something to suit everyone.

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CMI, Communications and Management Institute is a leading provider of part-time night courses offering Graduate Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate courses. Based in Dublin city centre, CMI provides nationally and internationally recongised FETAC, ICM, CIPS, CQI, NEBOSH and PMI courses in a range of key subject areas. All courses provide excellent career opportunities.

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Cidesco Full Time Beauty Therapy Course

Cidesco Full Time Beauty Therapy Course, Dublin

The CIDESCO Diploma is a prestigious qualification in the field of Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy. There are over 240 CIDESCO Schools around the world teaching to the internationally acclaimed CIDESCO standards leading to the CIDESCO Diploma.

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French for Beginners

French for Beginners, Malahide, Dublin

Starts 23-9-14. This communicative course is designed to help students to progress rapidly and to learn the basics which are required in everyday situations The Tutor is Isobel Quinn-Thevenard and the cost of the course is €110

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Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy, Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Starting in October, the Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is an international qualification awarded by ITEC. It is designed to meet the demand for highly trained therapists with skills suitable for dealing with all aspects of sports massage.

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Child Development, Fetac Level 6

Child Development, Fetac Level 6, Distance Learning

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence relevant to the theory and practice of child development when working autonomously and with others in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings. Course is 12 weeks in duration and is offered through distance learning.

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From PC Basics for those unfamiliar with computing, to Microsoft training for those wishing to advance their IT skills, onto Web Design, Programming and E-Commerce for more advanced learners. Why not check out our Computers and IT Training course listings for a full list of courses available in this field or see some Computer Training articles in our resources section..
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CPD or, Continuous Professional Development, refers to lifelong learning or continuing education. It is the means by which people advance their skills and knowledge related to their professions. In today’s competitive and rapidly changing world, taking part in a CPD course can be essential to ensure continued employment and career advancement.

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Adapting to College Life

adapting to college life, a guide for studentsIn life and living, there is no avoiding change, and one of the biggest changes in a young person’s life is the transition made from secondary school to third level. It can be both exciting and overwhelming all at once. Like any change, it has to be managed well. If you are somebody who struggles with change; it helps to normalise it. Most people do find this change stressful and most students are feeling the very same anxiety and stress that you might be feeling as your college start date approaches.

In Ireland roughly 85 per cent of Irish students make it to second year in college, and according to Tom Boland, chief executive of the HEA: our higher institutions have done well to retain, and in some cases improve, high levels of retention of students over the past decade, even as the numbers have soared. There are many contributing factors that can predict whether a student will progress or not: money difficulties, difficulties coping with subjects and course work, whether third level education is part of their cultural background, friends, and actual choice of course.

In dealing with this change; it is good to know what to expect, so it won’t be daunting. It is also helpful if you follow certain guidelines when it comes to the following aspects of college life.

Living away from home: Yes, you have dreamed about this life for a long time: no curfews, no nagging, and no having to clean as you go! However, in reality, the familiarity of home life is often comforting when you are faced with living either by yourself or with strangers. If you do decide to go for bed-sit type accommodation, ensure you have activities and arrangements in place to ensure you do not become isolated. If you are moving into a house with strangers, this can be daunting in itself. You will often have to cope with bad habits and bad manners along with a host of other strange and endearing ways of being. Remember, we can’t change everyone but we can change how we react to their ways. Hopefully, your new home and living companions will eventually become one happy family. However, don’t get put off college life if your living arrangements don’t work out; move if you have to!

Work: If you are one of the 60% of students who have to hold down a job to help fund college; ensure that your study does not suffer. Balance study, social and working life well – it is possible. There is no point earning money to get by in college, only to go and fail first year exams. So, make a study plan and stick to it.

Social Life: Yes, college life can be like one big music festival if you want it to be just that. There will be something to go to every night: concerts, house parties, clubs and the college bar, amongst others. Learning to say ‘NO’ to the occasional night out will save on cramming, guilt and your pocket. Excess consumption of drink and drugs will only serve to reduce your ability to function in college and will have detrimental effects on your body and mind. Peer pressure should be left in the secondary school yard! You are an adult now – make the sensible choices.

College Societies/Activities: This part of college life is important and more so if your friends are no longer by your side. Find a society or activity that you can become part of or take part in. The first day/evening you attend will be difficult if you are on the shy side – but being a member of any group gives us a sense of identity and belonging. It will be worth it when you make new friends along with filling out those dreaded ‘interest/hobbies’ parts of application forms one day.

Stress: Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons students leave college. Stress often emanates from course of choice; not feeling a sense of belonging in this new environment, or money worries. Remember, you are not alone in these difficulties, and you do not have to face this stress alone. Colleges have excellent counselling services in place to support you as you navigate through a difficult period. However, to get help you have to ask for it. Stress can be manageable with support, techniques and solutions; don’t let stress build up to the point where you cannot function and the only option is to leave.

Managing Money: Learn to budget and shop as if Eddie Hobbs is by your side! A lot of the larger supermarket chains have discount sections. If people with no shortage of money are found browsing in this aisle, you should be too!! There is no shame in looking for a bargain; there is shame in wasting ‘hard to come by’ money! Work out a budget and endeavour to stick to it!

College life does bring a whole host of fears with it. In this case it is best to feel the fear(s) and do it anyway. There will be good days and yes, there will be days where you will feel challenged. Accept this part of life, accept the peaks and valleys of college life and remember that finding a balance between work and play can lead to both personal and academic success.

Sometimes admitting we need help is a sign of strength. No, we don’t always make the right choices when it comes to college or courses; that’s ok, do something about it. But try to ensure you have explored every avenue before you leave this course you worked so hard for. Lean on friends – whether your friends are a college or counties away – they are still there for you. If you have to, treat college life like a job that you have to get through until it gets easier. But know when enough is actually enough and move on to a new chapter if it is not for you. Remember 85% of students progress to second year of their college course. The other 15% most often find alternatives in other study routes or employment options.

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Postgraduate Course Choices

postgraduate course choicesThere are a lot of good reasons for choosing postgraduate study. Maybe you are working in a field that you currently enjoy but would like to broaden your career prospects. Maybe you would like to specialise and increase your knowledge in a particular field or perhaps even change direction and pursue a new career in a different field altogether. Whatever the reason you will be glad to hear that there are many different postgraduate options both in Ireland and overseas and study can be pursued on a full time or part time basis depending on circumstances.

Choosing between a research programme and a taught programme will usually depend on the area of study. Research Degrees are usually used in careers such as academia or science and demand a lot of initative, as you must do most of the work yourself. Taught programmes consist mostly of lectures and usually a dissertation is required in the final phase.

It is said that the average person will change their career six times in their lifetime. So whether you’re changing from an engineer to a journalist or a nurse to a designer, the option of doing a conversion course could suit you. Conversion Courses are taught postgraduate courses that help you to ‘convert’ to a new discipline – or a new career.

Postgraduate Courses Ireland

Distance Learning gives students the chance to study postgraduate courses from the comfort of your own home. The courses, which are studied via the Internet (and usually some class time also) are becoming more and more popular in Ireland. They are perfect for someone who may work full-time and does not have the time to go back to college. Time spent commuting to and from college can now be spent studying with this cheaper, more flexible option. ULearning offer a range of postgraduate study options by distance learning as do NUI Galway.

Almost half of all students studying postgraduate courses in Ireland are studying part-time. If you have just completed a four-year degree and want to get a full time job but still want to continue your education, then Part-Time postgraduate Study could be just for you. However, it can be time consuming and does require a lot of time and dedication. It could take up two evenings a week & may also involve weekend study.

Studying your postgraduate course in another country can be a very exciting option to consider. Nowadays, there is the option of studying in places as far away as Australia or if it’s a language your interested in then a trip to that country can be very appealing. One drawback is the expense that can be involved but the experience may be well worth considering if you can afford it.

Before deciding on a postgraduate course you should research what employers in your target sector look for – perhaps work experience rather than a postgraduate qualification would carry more weight. A postgraduate qualification can result in a higher starting salary and should ensure faster career progression.

Completing any postgraduate course can be a very good career boost and is an excellent networking opportunity. Your classmates are all interested in the same area, they often get work in related fields, you stay in touch and thus the beginnings of good work-related contacts are built.

For postgraduate course & college information, why not check out our postgraduate course listings. If you have any questions you can send enquiries directly to the colleges from these listings.

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Large Rise in Student Accomodation Rates

rents rise for studentsA recent report compiled by property website has shown that students are facing a massive rise in rental rates this year with the average rent for student accommodation in Dublin rising by 15%. The rest of the country fares little better with an average rise of more than 10% nationwide.

The website’s economist, Ronan Lyons has criticised government policies and is encouraging the government to relax the strict housing regulations and reduce the cost of construction for housing developers in order to get more housing and rental properties on the market for those entering the rental sector and seeking student accomodation.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have published a guide for students advising on accommodation and finance during college years. The guide includes tips on finding accommodation, what to look for & avoid when renting, tenancy agreements, budgeting and more, the guide is available free of charge and cab be viewed or  downloaded at the following link –

Greg O’Donoghue, the USI Vice President for Welfare has expressed sympathy for students seeking accommodation in a highly competitive marketplace but has praised SUSI for a big improvement on the grant system this year with none of the delays so far that plagued last years student grant recipients.

Author: Shane Nicholsan

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