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This is the first of a series of programmes called Career Chats with Charlie. In this programme Charlie talks with 2 practicing Guidance Counsellors,  Rita and Eileen to help listeners better understand the 3 systems (CAO, HEAR and DARE),  how they operate and what are the pitfalls to look out for, along with general advice of making course choices.

When considering college courses and ultimately career choices, the starting point for most students is the CAO (Central Applications Office) application. Despite the large amount of information available both on line and in written form, many students and parents find the process hard to understand and confusing.  Add to this, the hype associated with “getting your choices right” and the process of applying can become a challenge and a concern.

HEAR and DARE are 2 specific programmes, that are there to assist students with specific challenges. The programme discusses eligibility  for both of these programmes, how one goes about applying for them and what are the basic rules that you need to consider, to see are you eligible

HEAR stands for the Higher Education Access Route and is a scheme which offers College places on reduced points and offers extra support to school leavers who are residents of the Republic of Ireland and come from disadvantages backgrounds. 

DARE stands for the Disability Access Route  to Education and is a programme designed to help students with specific disabilities  that have had a negative impact on their school performance . As with the HEAR programme successful applicants can avail of reduced points and support in the colleges.

Chemical Engineering.
This is the second of a series of programmes called Career Chats with Charlie. In this programme Charlie talks with Lecturers (in CIT and UCC), Recent Graduates (CIT and UCC) and a Chemical Engineering graduate (of UCD) who has worked as a chemical engineer but also has diversified into other areas of company operations using the transferrable skills obtained on the course.
Chemical Engineering is a course which allows students use Scientific and Engineering skills in a combined way and successful students from this type of course are in great demand. A new emerging area (for which students on these courses are prepared and knowledgeable) is Biopharmaceuticals. Biopharmaceuticals involves the use of living organisms or cells to produce products which ultimately make medicine. The process and science by which these are produced is called Biotechnology.
While the majority of students go working in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry, a degree such as this also prepares people to work in such diverse areas as Banking, I.T. and Financial Analysis.

As with all programmes in this series, the programme finishes with a specific focus on the student listeners featuring a discussion with a career guidance counsellor focusing on what students need to consider if they are interested in pursuing a career in this area.

Civil Engineering. This is the third of a series of programmes called Career Chats with Charlie. In this programme Charlie talks with Lecturers (UCC and CIT), Recent Graduates(CIT and QUB) and a Civil Engineering graduate (of UCC) who has worked successfully as a Civil Engineer and then moved into the financial world using the transferrable skills obtained on the course, as a starting base A qualification in Civil Engineering allows graduates pursue a broad range of careers following graduation. Many people associate the term Civil Engineering with purely construction and this is not necessarily the case. Within the broader Civil Engineering area many graduates specialise in the broader application of their mathematical, project management and logical skills. As a result you can find Civil Engineering graduates in areas such as IT, Finance, Banking as well as construction related work. As with all programmes in this series, the programme finishes with a specific focus on the student listeners featuring a discussion with a career guidance counsellor focusing on what students need to consider if they are interested in pursuing a career in this area.

Electronic Engineering. This is the fourth of a series of programmes called Career Chats with Charlie. In this programme Charlie talks with Lecturers (University of Limerick and CIT), Recent Graduates (University of Limerick and CIT), and an Electronic Engineering graduate (of NUIG) who has worked successfully as an Electronic Engineer and then moved into management and special project management using the transferrable skills obtained, as a starting base. In everyday life we are surrounded by smart technology, ranging from our smart phones and their apps through to various sensors and pieces of electronic equipment that enhance our daily lives. All of these pieces of electronic equipment have to be designed, produced and the then the data which they produced has to be stored and managed so it can be used in a meaningful way. The qualifications in this area each help the student develop specific skills as well as transferrable skills to allow them diversify during their careers. As with all programmes in this series, the programme finishes with a specific focus on the student listeners featuring a discussion with a career guidance counsellor focusing on what students need to consider if they are interested in pursuing a career in this area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biomedical Engineering.

This is the fifth in a series of programmes called Career Chats with Charlie. In this programme Charlie talks with Lecturers, recent Biomedical Engineering students and graduates and a graduate who has worked in the growing field of engineering for a number of years and is now focused on developing new products all with the aim of improving the quality of life for human beings.

Biomedical Engineering as a field of engineering is relatively new and has only been available as a course option since the 1990’s . By studying Biomedical Engineering as a course it allows students use Scientific (especially Biology) and Engineering skills in a combined way and successful students from this type of course are in great demand by this rapidly growing sector. Here is Ireland there is a high concentration of Medical Device manufacturers all of which are expanding and continually seeking to find better ways to make both existing and new products.It is a career type that interfaces medicine with engineering in its most practical way to help people.

Biomedical engineering is truly cross-functional and utilises subjects and expertise that would not be conventionally used together. In college, students study anatomy and physiology while also studying engineering, electronics, materials and the use of computer aided design tools.

As with all programmes in this series, the programme finishes with a chat with a career guidance counsellor focusing on what students need to consider if they are interested in pursuing a career in this area.

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