Arts, Education & Law
CLASSIC ARTS, LANGUAGES & CULTURE
The arts, languages and culture sector comprises organisations such as museums, art galleries, heritage sites and historic places, as well as the professional use of languages in translation or interpretation.
Arts and cultural activities are popular leisure time interests for a huge proportion of the population. Every year, hundreds of people attend performances of classical music, jazz, opera, ballet and other dance performances, as well as visit an art gallery, museum or exhibition. The area is a significant employer, with some 170,000 people engaged in the area.Employers in arts and culture are typically state funded organisations of varying sizes. Career opportunities exist for Arts Officers, Curators, Conservators and Education officers among others.
Language skills are a major bonus in the current climate. Translation, Interpretation, Localisation, and Bilingual secretarial, administration and sales roles are plentiful across the industry sectors.
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PRE PRIMARY EDUCATION
The compulsory school age in Ireland is 6 years, and pre-school children are “children under 6 years of age, who are not attending a national school or equivalent”. However, children from the age of 4 can be enrolled in infant classes in primary schools. Nearly half of 4-year-olds and virtually all 5-year-olds attend primary school. With the exception of the above, early childhood education and care services in Ireland are delivered outside the formal education system, by a diverse range of private, community and voluntary interests and are described variously as crèches, nurseries, pre-schools, naíonraí (Irish language pre-schools), playgroups and daycare services. All forms of pre-primary education are optional.
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Primary School Teacher training is a 4-year concurrent (undergraduate) Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree. As part of a national strategy to improve literacy and numeracy skills, recent changes introduced by The Teaching Council increased the length of teacher training from three years, to four years.
The alternative route to becoming a primary school teacher for people coming from other degree disciplines, is to do a post-graduate programme. The Professional Master of Education (PME - Primary Teaching) is a two-year, full-time Level 9 postgraduate professional teacher education programme designed to qualify graduates as primary teachers. Applicants must have a minimum Level 8 degree in any discipline.
Four of the five colleges of education offer the PME. Leaving Cert students considering this route typically opt to take an Arts degree. Arts is normally three years, making it shorter than some other degree programmes. It also allow students to study subjects relevant to both the primary and secondary school curriculum. An advantage of this route is that students who do not achieve the required HC3 at Leaving Cert can meet the Irish requirement for primary teaching by passing Irish in the first year of their Arts degree. Students can also improve their chances of being accepted to the PME by by maintaining and improving their level of Irish throughout their degree.
In case you change your mind about primary teaching, opting for a degree in an area that you would be happy with as an alternative career area is always a good idea.
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Secondary school or post-primary teachers have the opportunity to specialise in an area that interests them, (e.g. History, Geography, English, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Physical Education (PE), Maths etc.) and to pass this knowledge on to students. This can be a challenging but important role and it requires a special type of dedication.
Secondary Teachers must hold a degree level qualification and have completed a teacher training qualification, together with certain requirements specific to their subject area. These are outlined in detail for individual subject areas, by the Teaching Council.
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As with primary teaching, there are two routes to becoming a second level teacher: Concurrent or Consecutive. With a concurrent degree programme, the teacher training element is built into the programme - a wide range of programmes are concurrent, typically those with practical, laboratory and workshop elements e.g. Home Economics, Music, Science, Woodwork, Construction PE Teaching. Most of these are of four years’ duration, although some are offered at Masters level over five years.
The consecutive route is where you complete an undergraduate degree in your area of choice, followed by a Professional Masters in Education (PME). Entry requirements to the PME include a degree in at least one subject which meets the criteria for registration with The Teaching Council as outlined in the link above.
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Everybody has cause to avail of legal services at some stage in their lives, for any of a variety of reasons:
- Buying a house
- Making a will
- Seeking to claim compensation after an accident
- Defending ourselves against an injustice
- Participating in jury service
- Being called as a witnesses in a court case
The main functions of a Barrister are:
- Drafting legal opinions, for example on whether or not a person has a 'good case';
- Preparing court documents for exchange between the parties in a case;
- Negotiating settlements; and
- Representing clients in court.
Training to be a Barrister
The Honorable Society of Kings Inns regulates who may become a barrister, how and where. To become a barrister, you must pass the Barrister-at-Law degree provided at Kings Inns' school in Dublin, and be called to the Bar by the Chief Justice.
To be admitted to the Barrister-at-Law degree course provided by King's Inns, a potential trainee must hold an approved law degree from a third level education institution or the Diploma in Legal Studies (the latter is provided only by King’s Inns), before he/she can sit the entrance examination for a place on the degree course.
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Solicitors can be divided into two main groups: those in Private Practice, i.e; who offer their services to the public for a fee, and those who are employed 'In-house', for example, by the State, or by large commercial companies and industrial organisations. In-house Solicitors provide legal services to their employer only, and may specialise in specific areas of the Law.
How to Become a Solicitor
A potential trainee must first pass the Law Society's Entrance Examination to its professional practice courses. In addition, if the trainee is not a university graduate, or does not hold some equivalent qualification, he or she must pass a Preliminary Examination before being permitted to sit the entrance examination.
Before commencing the Professional Practice Courses, the trainee solicitor must also obtain a two-year in-office training contract with a qualified solicitor. He/she may then take the 8 month Professional Practice Course I (PPC I) in the Law Society’s school in Blackhall Place in Dublin, before commencing 11 months of in-office training.
The apprentice solicitor then returns to Blackhall Place for the 3 month Professional Practice Course II (PPC II), after which there is a further 10 months of in-office training. At the end of this process, which takes 32 months in total, the trainee is qualified to be Admitted to the Roll and enrolled as a solicitor.
Finally, all Solicitors must have a Practising Certificate. In order to receive a Practising Certificate, the Solicitor must pay an annual registration fee to the Law Society.
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