Friday, 16 August 2013

What is multimedia all about?

In today’s advanced and technology adapted society, the concept of multimedia is ever present in many facets of life. Multimedia can be termed as the “use of several different type of media (e.g. text, video, audio, graphics, animation and interactivity) to convey information”. Furthermore, multimedia involves the use of computers to “present text, graphics, video, animation and sound in an integrated way” (Wikipedia).

So what's your level of expertise in this area?

The Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 programme provides a broad range of modules designed to enhance your skills and knowledge and it also gives the opportunity to progress to higher certificate or degree level programmes in this field.
After this course you  will have the required skills and knowledge to work effectively within an organisation at entry level, to work as part of a team supporting software development projects, to produce multimedia content (such as graphics and audio), configure networks & systems and to configure & maintain hardware. This module introduces students to general multimedia systems; it shows them how to produce audio, video and 2-D animation content and how to publish that content to the web.
http://www.dorset-college.ie/Computing/courses/course_details/?rid=25&cid=156

The Higher Certificate in Science in Computing & Multimedia Level 6 programme provides a broad range of modules designed to enhance your skills and knowledge and also provides you with increased employment prospects in a wide range of areas. It also provides the opportunity to progress to the final year of the Bachelor of Science in Computing & Multimedia (HETAC) Level 7 on successful completion of year 1 and 2.  
http://www.dorset-college.ie/Computing/courses/course_details/?rid=25&cid=158

The Bachelor of Science in Computing & Multimedia programme provides a broad range of modules designed to enhance your skills and knowledge and also gives you increased employment opportunities.

At completion of this programme you will have the required skills and knowledge to work effectively within an organisation, to work as part of a team on software development projects, to produce multimedia content (such as graphics and audio), configure networks & systems and to configure & maintain hardware. You will also be able to build 3-D visual graphics and animations and incorporate them into computer programmes, mobile applications and games.

You will then have the ability to manage projects, present and pitch their ideas and software applications to their peers.  

http://www.dorset-college.ie/Computing/courses/course_details/?rid=25&cid=151

Multimedia is all about the integration of your technical skills in the computing world. You just have to pick the right path for yourself.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Top 5 Free software tool's


Evernote
Rather than bookmarking your favorite blog posts articles and webpages use Evernote to organise them. Evernote comes with a variety of services such as web clipper which allows you to save anything you see online, it may be images, text or links to an article or site you found interesting. Evernote can be accessed on almost every computer where you can read your bookmarked items anytime and anywhere. Evernote can also be used to make notes and audio messages.


Gimp
Gimp is a great free alternative to those who can not afford Photoshop or don’t know how to use it. You can use Gimp for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring and it works on most operating systems.


Google Drive.
In the past few months Google launched Google Drive which is a cloud based file storage area. Google Drive gives the user 5 GB of free space to start with. Upload your most important files and document onto Google Drive and you can then access them anytime by logging into your Gmail account and navigating to Google Drive. 


Tweetdeck
For anyone who has a Twitter account Tweetdeck is a tool you should almost certainly be using. Tweetdeck is a social media dashboard application for management of your Twitter and Facebook accounts. With Tweetdeck you have a single dashboard which allows you to view direct messages, mentions, follower interactions and Facebook comments all on the one screen.


Notepad++
For those aspiring web developer’s Notepad++ is a great free tool to have. Notepad++ is a source code editor and makes it much easier to write code than in notepad. It provides a cleaner interface than notepad and you can run your code directly from Notepad++. With Notepad++ you can easily switch between tabs rather than having to constantly close and open new files.   


Thursday, 19 July 2012

CV Tips - Writing a Great Cover Letter




1.) Paragraph One: Where you heard about the job and what credentials you can bring..

2.) Paragraph Two-Three: Describe your qualifications and what you can bring to the job. Keep all examples relative to what the employer is looking for.

3.) Final Paragraph: Reiteration of paragraph one and description of how the employer can contact you.

1.) Clearly state your interest and how the employer will benefit. This should be stated within the first paragraph of your letter. Employers want to know that you are not only interested in obtaining a job, but that the job fits into your career goals. If you can incorporate your career goals into the job you are seeking, it shows employers you are serious about the position.

2.) Highlight your strongest qualifications, but only provide information that demonstrates your value to the employer. Relevant skills and qualities should be included in your letter, but listing every skill and accomplishment you’ve ever achieved weighs the letter down. Be straight-forward and clear so the employer can quickly assess whether you're suitable for the position.

3.) Do not share unnecessary information, such as temporary unemployment due to layoff, family issue, or sabbatical. However, do share information about how you were productive during a longer period of unemployment, including classes you took, volunteer work you performed, etc.

4.) Be honest -  Do not exaggerate your skills or qualifications, or over-promise what you will be able to achieve. Employers want to know that you have the capacity to learn and to grow.

5.) Properly format your letter and make sure it is free of grammatical and spelling mistakes using spell check. When finished, get someone else to read over you letter in order to highlight any spelling or grammatical errors you may have missed.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

American Chamber of Commerece Ireland

The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland is the representative body for US companies based in Ireland at both Government and industry level, and within the Irish and international media. Corporate membership of the American Chamber supports the representation of the business agenda of 600 US companies located in Ireland.  More

American Companies Recruiting in Ireland

Monday, 2 July 2012

Software4Students













Software4Students is an offical online partner store for Microsoft and Adobe.As a leading supplier of Microsoft software and solutions to the student and education community, Software4Students is the largest and original programme for supplying software to school and college students.

If you are a student then you can avail of great discounts on the latest software releases.Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe CS5 or or Kaspersky Antivirus software can all be purchased at greatly reduced prices,there are over 1.2 million students who qualify in Ireland.Because of their affiliations with Microsoft and with education institutions, Software4Students are able to supply  products at hugely discounted prices (typically discounted by 80% or more). 
 
To purchase a product you need to register with Software4Students, this only needs to be done once and the next time you visit you can just use your login name and password to start shopping straight away.For certain products Software4Students offer a digital download option,you can then choose either to download the product from their website or to have the product deleiverd to your home.
 
If you are interested in purchasing a product visit Software4Students.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

How to be lazy and successful

 

Productive laziness is all about success, but success with far less effort (''Peter Taylor, the lazy project manager''). Focus on the critical matters - the ones which make the most impact rather than getting caught up in non critical matters. There are only 24 hours in a day so you can not do everything. Communicate with others find out the problems that are most effecting them, delegate roles and responsibility to staff, try not to micromanage them.

Many organisations use the pareto principle also known as the 80/20 rule to focus on the 20% that really matters. The (80/20 rule) states that for many phenomena, 80% of the consequences stem from 20% of the causes. The assumption is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes. So ‘20% of clients may be responsible for 80% of sales volume’.The value of the 80/20 rule is that it reminds you to focus on the 20% that really matters.
 
Productive laziness is not just about being lazy, it requires something more and that is a powerful and magical combination of laziness and intelligence. Smart lazy people have a real edge over others in society and are most suited to leadership roles in organisations.

If you are interested in taking a course in Project Management  visit Dorset College.

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