Monday 24 October 2016

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Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Enrolling in a Springboard+ course can help you to achieve your career ambitions

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"I would absolutely recommend Springboard+ to others," says Riadh Mahmoudi who recently completed a Level 8 Special Purpose Certificate in International Project Management with IBAT College in Dublin.

"It can be difficult to find a job. But when you do a Springboard+ course, not only do you increase your knowledge and education, you also gain a lot more confidence too. After you get your qualification you can return to the jobs market in a stronger position. There were roles that, one year previously, I wouldn't have been able to apply for them but after I completed my degree I was in a stronger position to go for them. There is no doubt that Springboard+ will help you to gain employment."

Riadh, an Algerian national, has been living in Lucan with his family for 10 years. Before undertaking his Springboard+ course at IBAT College he had achieved a Masters in Law and gained strong experience in the work force with companies like Microsoft.

"When I lost my job I was looking for ways to improve my CV and my employability. The IBAT course appealed to me.

"No matter what business area you are looking to work in be it operations, HR, IT or marketing, project management skills will always be very useful. This course helps you to be more organised and to manage projects more efficiently."

Riadh says he felt comfortable in IBAT straight away.

"The campus impressed me. It was clean and modern and the city centre location was very convenient for me. The lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and efficient. It was a six month course and it was quite intense. We studied international project management, operations management, e-marketing and international marketing. I found the modules to be useful and relevant to my career goals."

Riadh says that his new qualification was an important step towards achieving his career ambitions.

"There are a couple of Irish companies investing in Algeria at the moment in industries like gas and agriculture. My goal is to work as a consultant with these companies and to help them to develop further the operational side of their business in Algeria.

"My qualification, along with the other courses I undertake as part of my continued studies, will help me to work with these Irish companies in North Africa."

Irish Independent

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