College was a confidence boost
"When you're working for 10 years, you can feel like you're in a bit of a rut. Going back to college really changes the way you think -- it feels like your brain functions more efficiently!"
Suzanne Cotter, originally from Kerry but living in Dublin for 17 years, was let go from the telecoms industry in 2009. She's now working as a database consultant for a financial software company. She feels that her masters in computer science helped her get the interview for the job she's now in.
"It was really good for my confidence."
For Suzanne, going back to college was an opportunity to figure out what she wanted to do. She studied for a Graduate Certificate in Computer Science at UCD under the 2009 Labour Market Activation programme and then went on to do an MSc.
She admits that the move back to college was a challenge. "You really have to manage your own time, and motivate yourself to get projects done."
But her classmates were supportive. "There were plenty of people in my situation, but also some college graduates. It was good to mix it up and share our experiences."
In the course, Suzanne got up to speed with some topics, and explored some new ones.
"The module that I got the most from was in Python computer programming. But I also studied Java and did a module in Bioinformatics -- a brand new area for me."