IT Course Student Profile: Aisling

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Name: Aisling Farrell (IT Course)
Course: Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and IT
College: Dublin Business School

Hard-working girls don’t come much more hard-working than Aisling Farrell. Aisling, from Dundalk, works at IBM in Blanchardstown, Dublin. But she commutes between her base in the Ballycoolin Industrial Estate and her city-centre college a few evenings a week. Aisling’s taking a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and Information Technology at the Dublin Business School. Working in a dual-language department, Aisling obviously draws on her primary degree in German and Spanish from UCG.

Not happy with the fact that she’s working for one of the world’s biggest and most respected firms, this Louth woman has launched herself in the direction of the computer industry. She’s shelled out 3, 400 and given up many of her Saturdays too since she started at the DBS on Aungier St in October.

“I just wanted to do something in further education and I hadn’t a clue about computers”, she told Nightcourses. com when we called on her at her home in Drumcondra. Her workplace doesn’t pay for Aisling’s course, which is unusual in today’s working environment – and especially as IBM will ultimately benefit wildly from Aisling’s extra skills.

“It’s very expensive”, agreed Aisling. “I do two evenings a week and the odd Saturday. It takes me an hour to get into town to start at a quarter past six. I get out then at half nine at night”, said dedicated Aisling.

Once she’s finished with her course she’ll “give it a break for a while” but she’d “like to do something in web site development” in her next encounter with evening education”. As for her career, she’s pretty decided too, “I’ll stay with IBM for now and stay in computers”, she says.

Note: Dublin Business School’s Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Information Technology) prepares graduates for employment in an IT- related business context. The course is designed for graduates holding primary degrees in disciplines other than business and information technology but who are interested in a business career with an IT orientation or who want to develop significant business and IT knowledge and skills generally.

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