Ann Osborne O’Hagan

Springboard funded

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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