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30-06-2020, 09:54   #226
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They aren't far wrong to be honest, it's been mentioned here already. It will help you progress in a career or help you get your foot in the door of a new career. For example if someone was moving into IT for the first time with no experience, with most of these springboard courses you're not going in for a top job, you won't get it without industry certs and experience. Springboard courses will help get your foot in the door and you can work your way up then.

As I said, I finished my course in 2014 and got a front desk support role on a pretty low salary, around 24k. But once I was in I could gain experience, get industry certa, and work my way up, which I have. Now I'm looking to progress further and I hope whichever course I choose this year will help me do that.

Experience is key, but you need to get in to get experience and you'll find that hard without that piece of paper.
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30-06-2020, 09:59   #227
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Has anyone who applied to any of the DCU courses heard back?
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30-06-2020, 10:05   #228
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So if people are being accepted I presume get application in asap, even if they have closing application dates for August!
Mild panic....
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30-06-2020, 10:07   #229
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So if people are being accepted I presume get application in asap, even if they have closing application dates for August!
Mild panic....
Probably best to get in early, yep. I was surprised I was accepted so fast. Though the second I applied for hasn't responded yet and the third hasn't downloaded my application.
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Mentioned to a few of the directors / high up lads in my construction firm yesterday that I was going to do a postgrad / further study through springboard to get out of construction. It was just an open conversation environment in the kitchen.

I’d say 3 of them are on salaries of about €150K, in their late 40s/early 50s , all various directors, and they immediately laughed it off. Their comments were - “sure what would you do that for? No one ever asks anything about college courses”
“Jeezzz I wouldn’t recommend going back near college, sure it’s only a certificate, it’s as good as the piece of paper it’s written on”
“People look for experience not letters before your name, upto you if you want to put yourself through hell in the evenings outside of work for a year”
“All those colleges want is money, with a fake promise of a job at the end which they offer no support in getting, if it was that good they’d get you one when you sign up”

I couldn’t believe it!! Maybe just the older generation’s attitude? Bear in mind I’m nearly 95% sure that all of them would have done some form of level 8 degree at some point 25+ years ago.....


Well it's the sector they're in too, some industries you won't get called to interview without a degree on your CV. But unless it's a tech company, nobody is likely to look any further than that ...but why apply for jobs wondering if the reason it didn't go anywhere is to do with a lack of third level qualifications

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So if people are being accepted I presume get application in asap, even if they have closing application dates for August!
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I get the impression the private colleges accept faster than the public ones, they're all about getting bums on seats so the speak.
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30-06-2020, 15:39   #231
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RE: The posters on here that applied to the Level 6 BSc in Computing in Data Centre Management through Letterkenny IT online.

I emailed the course contact before applying and received a very wish-washy response. I basically asked what the career opportunities were as they aren't stated like they are on all the other course pages, and that after a data centre is constructed there isn't much to it.

He seemed rather offended and palmed me off by basically saying don't apply.....
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That's not a good start. Though just to note, it won't be that person that's giving lecturers most likely

I think I'll be accepted to my first choice so I'll probably not do that course
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RE: The posters on here that applied to the Level 6 BSc in Computing in Data Centre Management through Letterkenny IT online.

I emailed the course contact before applying and received a very wish-washy response. I basically asked what the career opportunities were as they aren't stated like they are on all the other course pages, and that after a data centre is constructed there isn't much to it.

He seemed rather offended and palmed me off by basically saying don't apply.....
lol nice!
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That's not a good start. Though just to note, it won't be that person that's giving lecturers most likely

I think I'll be accepted to my first choice so I'll probably not do that course
Whats your first choice course ?
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Whats your first choice course ?
Level 7 Networking and Security. I've applied for a range of things, Networking and security, Cyber security, and Data centre management, which would be in order of preference. With my background all three would suit where I am now in my career and open up possibilities for future development.
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How long do you have between being offered a place and having to accept it?
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30-06-2020, 16:12   #237
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How long do you have between being offered a place and having to accept it?
I've only been offered one place but it has a deadline of 4 weeks, end of July. I don't know if they can retract it in the meantime but I wouldn't be hanging around too long just in case. As was said above, it's all about bums on the seats, they'll want full classes so they can avail of the government grant.
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I've applied to the level 7/8 (can't remember) bachelors degree in pharmaceutical business operations through Innopharma. Anyone did this? 1 year PT.

No previous experience in Pharma or anything science, apart from working on pharma projects from a technical/cost aspect in construction as QS.

Will probably back out before it begins but sure it's something anyway.
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I've applied to the level 7/8 (can't remember) bachelors degree in pharmaceutical business operations through Innopharma. Anyone did this? 1 year PT.

No previous experience in Pharma or anything science, apart from working on pharma projects from a technical/cost aspect in construction as QS.

Will probably back out before it begins but sure it's something anyway.
Don't forget that each course will likely fill up. If you don't plan on taking it try and cancel as early as possible to give others a chance to take the spot, don't wait until just before it begins if you have no interest in it.

Not knowing the level is probably a bad start, you also said the Data centre management course was level 6, it's level 7...
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I applied for 3 different postgrad Cyber Security courses, all of which look very interesting.

Still need to upload my degree, as i have no idea where that is. Emailed Carlow to ask if a new one can be sent out.
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