Thursday 23 November 2017

'I was sceptical, but it is exactly what I wanted to do'

My Story: Killian Dowling | Journalism DIT

Killian Dowling: ‘I got really lucky. This course is exactly what I wanted to do.’ STEVE HUMPHREYS
Killian Dowling: ‘I got really lucky. This course is exactly what I wanted to do.’ STEVE HUMPHREYS

Patrick Kelleher

When Killian Dowling put journalism courses at the top of his CAO two years ago, he wasn't sure if it would be the right course for him. "A lot of people know their calling, but for me I had to do my research. I knew I liked English, and I said, 'OK, I'll put down journalism first'," he says.

Killian (20) from Sutton, Dublin, went to the local St. Fintan's High School and is now studying journalism at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

His first choice on his CAO was another journalism course that he missed out on by five points. "It really didn't matter because I think no matter where you are, you're still going to enjoy it because it's all the same stuff," says Killian.

Although picking journalism was something of a gamble for Killian, it is a gamble that has paid off.

In his two years at DIT, he has edited an online newspaper, CliC News, a resource for primary school children. The paper is written, edited and designed by second years as part of their programme.

"I didn't actually put myself up for editor because it seemed like a lot of work!" he laughs.

But he ended up loving the role and the interaction with primary school readers. "There was a big workload but it was very enjoyable," he says.

Studying at DIT has convinced Killian that he wants to pursue a career in journalism. "That's kind of proven more every day," he says.

"Before I started on the course I would have been a bit sceptical, but it just goes to show that I got really lucky, it's exactly what I wanted to do."

Killian says that students shouldn't worry if they don't know what they want to do.

"A lot of people that think they know what they want to do realise it might not be for them and vice versa, so I'd say just find something that you think will interest you the most.

"If you don't get your first choice, it's not the end of the world because you can find out that your second or third choice can be much more beneficial."

Irish Independent

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