Over a num­ber of is­sues, Hot Press will of­fer read­ers a com­pre­hen­sive look at the ed­u­ca­tion op­tions avail­able in 2018. In this is­sue, we present the first in­stall­ment in our ex­ten­sive guide to re­al­is­ing your ca­reer dreams…

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It doesn’t have to be a jun­gle out there. We have more ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties than ever, whether you’re tak­ing your first in­de­pen­dent steps on the ed­u­ca­tion lad­der, or a ma­ture stu­dent seek­ing ad­vance­ment in a cho­sen ca­reer, or sim­ply fancy a change to some­thing more per­son­ally re­ward­ing. Or you might sim­ply want to study a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject be­cause you have a nat­u­ral cu­rios­ity about how the world works. How­ever, there may be dead­lines ahead, and wait­ing too long might turn into a missed op­por­tu­nity.

And there are prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions. Do you need/want to stay close to home or are you pre­pared to travel? Would you pre­fer to be based in a big city or a smaller town? What are the lim­i­ta­tions of your bud­get? Per­haps most im­por­tant of all, what do you ac­tu­ally want to get out of ed­u­ca­tion any­way?

So maybe it’s time to face the chal­lenge and fo­cus on the op­tions that best ap­peal to you. Re­mem­ber, it’s your fu­ture, but it starts here.

One of the most ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments of re­cent times is the ex­pan­sion of ed­u­ca­tion es­tab­lish­ments be­yond the cities into more sparsely pop­u­lated ar­eas. Dun­boyne Col­lege of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion in Co Meath serves east Le­in­ster, es­pe­cially Meath, Dublin and Kil­dare, with over 670 stu­dents do­ing QQI level 5 and 6 cour­ses.

Over 90% of Dun­boyne Col­lege stu­dents who achieved full QQI level 5 awards have re­ceived third level of­fers. Many pro­ceed di­rectly to em­ploy­ment, be­cause the skills ac­quired are much sought in the health­care, child­care, cook­ery, tourism, busi­ness, air­line and an­i­mal care in­dus­tries. Stu­dents of­ten fare bet­ter at this level, as they study an area that suits their pas­sion and ap­ti­tude, in­clud­ing nurs­ing, sports, child­care, science and cook­ery.

The feed­back from stu­dents of the Dun­boyne Col­lege cour­ses has been hugely pos­i­tive in terms of their new skills, and an in­creased con­fi­dence to go on to fu­ture learn­ing and ac­cess job op­por­tu­ni­ties. School leavers, ma­ture stu­dents, life­long learn­ers and oth­ers use Dun­boyne Col­lege to ex­plore their pref­er­ences, and emerge with a pass­port to help turn dreams into re­al­ity.

For those who pre­fer a more ur­ban buzz, Crum­lin Col­lege of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion of­fers QQI cour­ses at Level 5 and 6 in hair­dress­ing, beauty, fash­ion, sports, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, busi­ness ac­count­ing, tourism, cater­ing, se­cu­rity and sales ad­min­is­tra­tion. Night cour­ses are also avail­able.

Their fash­ion depart­ment cour­ses re­flect

staffing needs within the in­dus­try, with com­pre­hen­sive cour­ses in fash­ion buy­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing, and fash­ion styling with de­sign, within a broad in­dus­try per­spec­tive.

The col­lege in­vites in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als as guest speak­ers, and re­search field-trips are en­joy­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. The col­lege or­gan­ises in­tern­ships and work-ex­pe­ri­ence with in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies, de­sign stu­dios, fash­ion shows and photo shoots.

Many Crum­lin Col­lege grad­u­ates have gained em­ploy­ment as trainee buyer and mer­chan­dis­ers, as­sis­tant stylists and de­sign stu­dio as­sis­tants,

and their course in fash­ion man­age­ment will at­tract stu­dents with an eye on the busi­ness, man­age­rial and re­tail­ing sides of fash­ion.

Mean­while, Crum­lin Col­lege’s School of Beauty, lo­cated at a sep­a­rate ad­dress, of­fers an ac­cred­ited diploma in beauty ther­apy, lead­ing to an in­ter­na­tion­ally-recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion. The beauty and re­tail sales course in­cludes ITEC ac­cred­i­ta­tion in man­i­cure, pedi­cure, make-up and beauty. Crum­lin Col­lege cook­ery stu­dents get a solid ground­ing in the prac­ti­cal side

of the culi­nary arts and can progress to higher cer­tifi­cate and de­grees, and earn the nec­es­sary skills for em­ploy­ment in hos­pi­tal­ity.

The healthy state of the vi­brant Ir­ish mu­sic in­dus­try has fo­cused much de­served at­ten­tion on the

mu­sic col­lege at the BIMM (Bri­tish and Ir­ish Mod­ern Mu­sic) In­sti­tute in Dublin. It’s part of Europe’s largest con­tem­po­rary mu­sic col­lege, of­fer­ing de­grees and diplo­mas in such dis­ci­plines as gui­tar,bass, drums, vo­cals and song­writ­ing. Ap­pli­ca­tions for 2018/19 cour­ses are now open, but for the BA (Hons) in Com­mer­cial Mod­ern Mu­sic, ap­pli­cants must ap­ply via the CAO be­fore Fe­bru­ary 1, 2018. Ap­pli­cants for the CPD Diploma in Pro­fes­sional Mu­si­cian­ship can con­tact the col­lege di­rectly.

BIMM stu­dents en­joy ac­cess to state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, as well as mas­ter­classes from such lu­mi­nar­ies as Hozier, The Edge, Thurston Moore, and Imelda May, plus one-to-one tu­to­ri­als from in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als for song­writ­ing, per­for­mance, mu­sic pro­duc­tion, and pub­lish­ing.

The BIMM fac­ulty in­cludes Ro Yourell (Deloren­tos), Cor­mac Cur­ran (Vil­lagers, Lisa Han­ni­gan) and

Louise MacNa­mara (Heathers). Alan Cul­li­van, who steered The Thrills to con­sid­er­able suc­cess, says, “BIMM Dublin is mak­ing a huge im­pact, with our cur­rent crop of stu­dents and re­cent grad­u­ates emerg­ing as suc­cess­ful musicians, pro­duc­ers and en­trepreneurs.” Stu­dents and grad­u­ates have in­cluded All Tvvins, Elm, Ja­faris, Farah Elle, Le Boom, Maria Kelly, Lit­tle Hours, Thumper and Fontaines. BIMM op­er­ate in seven Euro­pean cities, with Ham­burg set to open in 2018.

An­other much-renowned mu­sic course is the MIX Course run by Hot Press in a con­ve­nient Cen­tre City Dublin lo­ca­tion for well over 15 years. It has a clear agenda, and over a se­ries of 13 weekly evening lec­tures, in­vites highly ex­pe­ri­enced mu­sic in­dus­try spe­cial­ists to talk to stu­dents about their re­spec­tive area of ex­per­tise in or­der to present a pic­ture of how ex­actly the mu­sic in­dus­try and me­dia ac­tu­ally work..

This year’s course is now open for ap­pli­ca­tions and key sub­jects will in­clude record com­pa­nies, mar­ket­ing, pub­lic­ity, im­age de­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­tion, pub­lish­ing, mu­sic on­line, the me­dia, man­age­ment, fi­nance, tour­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion.

Recog­nised by the mu­sic in­dus­try in Ire­land and abroad, MIX in­cludes a writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tion and those who com­plete the course suc­cess­fully will be awarded a cer­tifi­cate ac­knowl­edg­ing their achieve­ment.

In the past, su­perb lec­tures have been de­liv­ered by the likes of Steve Aver­ill (U2 de­signer), Wil­lie O’Reilly (RTE/To­day FM) Mark Cross­ing­ham (Univer­sal Mu­sic Ire­land), Nessa Mc­Gann (Pro­gram Direc­tor, SPIN South West), and Paul Walsh.

A brush with great­ness: Crum­lin's School of Beauty

The big think: ap­plied psy­chol­ogy in Dun­boyne

Live and kick­ing: Ja­faris' End of Term gig at BIMM. (Right) MIX course lecturer Nessa Mc­Gann.

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