Higher Diploma in Computing
Ann Osborne O’Hagan from Ravensdale, Co. Louth, added to her teaching ability via the Springboard initiative at Dundalk IT.
County Louth-based Ann originally qualified as a secondary school teacher. While she worked mainly as a substitute teacher for a number of years she was careful to keep all of her qualifications up to date by registering with the Teaching Council and completing Project Maths – a programme designed for out-of-field maths teachers. But despite these efforts, when Ann needed a full-time job there were none to be had.
“I heard about the Springboard initiative through the media and on the radio,” explains Ann. “I searched for it on the internet and when I found it I looked through all the courses to decide what would suit me best.”
Ann’s availability to undertake a course was dictated by her six children as she knew she would be unable to travel to Dublin on a regular basis. But she was delighted to learn that Springboard courses are offered throughout the country.
“I found a course in Dundalk IT on the Springboard website which I had never seen before and which suited me perfectly. I chose the Higher Diploma in Computing because I have a strong maths background and I thought the course was a good fit for me – it was my area.
“I really think that this will improve my employability because it has allowed me to upskill and to really understand current technology. On courses that I completed in the past I recognised that a good understanding of computers and technology was just as important as being good at maths.
“The whole process of applying for the course was very simple,” concludes Ann, “and I would recommend the Springboard initiative and Dundalk IT to anyone who feels that they could benefit from a further qualification.”
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