'If you don't like what you're doing, you could end up in wrong career'
My Story: Emily Anderson | Communications, DCU
Emily Anderson had no idea what she wanted to do after the Leaving Cert. Having decided to keep her options open by studying arts, she found that she didn't enjoy her course of choice as much as she'd hoped.
Despite trying out everything from Spanish to psychology, arts wasn't the right fit for her. "At the start I really liked it, because I was getting into the feel of college. But I didn't love it. I kept going to college really just because I had to, not because I was enjoying it," says Emily, a former student of Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Co Meath.
Emily (21) went to a Dublin City University (DCU) Open Day and decided to see if she could transfer into her second CAO choice: communications. "The course looked so good. I knew some people who were doing it, and it looked like they were really enjoying it."
As she had been five points short for communications initially, she wasn't sure if it was an option that was available to her. But after applying and going through an interview process, she was delighted to be accepted.
It meant going back into first year, but Emily was glad to get a fresh start, although she believes that year she spent in arts was worthwhile. She says it allowed her to figure out what she really wanted to do. She was fortunate that she could transfer into another course.
"I wouldn't have changed what I did, although the whole changing process is hard, because of things like the financial side. But I think it's so worth it, because if you keep going at something you don't like you could end up doing something in a career that you don't like. There's so many ways of getting into things now; you've so many options."
Emily enjoys the fact that communications still gives her a wide-ranging education - and in something that she enjoys. "It's good because it's still just as broad as arts, it's giving you an insight into everything," she says.
She isn't sure what she'll do when she graduates, but for the moment she's simply enjoying the course. "I don't know where I'm going with what I'm doing, but I really like it," she says.