Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 10 Learn, Work, Live - Page 8

I now have goals that I want to achieve

When I first started at the Baltinglass Further Education and Training Centre, I just wanted to learn how to use a computer, improve my spellings and personally needed something to get me out of the house. I found I really loved learning how to use a computer and decided I wanted a job working with computers.

I have completed a number of level 3 modules, while attending the Centre twice a week – Communications, Word Processing, Personal Effectiveness, Spreadsheets, Career Preparation, which gave me a great foundation and the confidence to continue and here I am now, nearly completing a full Award in Level 4 Office Skills and plan on attending Level 5 in January 2018. I really love attending classes and have met some lovely people along the way. I now have goals that I want to achieve - educational goals and personal goals and that is thanks to the tutors of the Baltinglass Further Education and Training Centre.

Leanne - ABE and BTEI West Wicklow

It has been a long road but so worth it

It has been a long road since January 2009 but this week I finally landed the job of my dreams. Full time work 5 days a week. It was all down to your help and belief in me that I have gotten this job. I am truly grateful. Please keep up the great work and help change people’s lives. PS: I still have a few spelling mistakes!

Stephen – ABE and BTEI student West Wicklow

I lost my job in the construction industry in 2009 and I decided to do something new. I always had an interest in technology so I contacted my local FÁS office and they put me in touch with a guidance counsellor. She was incredibly helpful and she told me about an e-Business course starting in Blessington FETC. I decided to enrol so I could see if my interest could be turned into a career. The course was brilliant. It gave me a broad overview of the industry and exposed me to programming languages (HTML) and web technologies (Dreamweaver). I had a great tutor and her in-depth knowledge of the subjects were invaluable. The course notes were very informative and I enjoyed the interactivity of the classes. I asked about what I could do next and she encouraged me to pursue a college degree. So with more help from the guidance counsellor I applied to I.T. Tallaght and I was accepted. I spent four years there studying for my honours degree in Computing.

I learned various programming languages, networking techniques, database technologies, mobile app development and analytics methodologies during the course.

After I graduated I joined IBM Ireland and I was a SAN engineer there looking after enterprise level clients’ storage infrastructure. This gave me exposure to the world of data centres and infrastructure monitoring/support. I really enjoyed my time there but I was more interested in analytics and data which has led me to my current role as a Data Scientist for AIB. Ultimately my decision to enrol in e-Business at the Blessington Centre for Further Education opened up a whole new career for me.

Stephen Begley - Blessington FETC