My story: Eoin Sheahan, Communication Studies at DCU
Eoin Sheahan's ambition is for a career in the media and he was delighted to be offered his first choice of the honours level BA in Communication Studies at Dublin City University (DCU).
The Kerry native had used the CAO Change of Mind facility to plump for the course after a visit to the campus and a one-to-one-tour with a DCU student ambassador: "I knew then it was the place for me."
Now in his third and final year, the former pupil of St Brendan's College, Killarney, happily combines his studies with shifts in Newstalk.
Eoin (20) not only works in the Dublin-based radio station, but, as part of a DCU student development programme called AIM, he has an opportunity to reflect, in a structured way, on what he is learning there and how it links with his academic studies. The focus of AIM is to help students to bolster CVs to maximise their employability after leaving college.
Students are encouraged to build an e-portfolio that records and demonstrates their achievements during their time at DCU, such as through uploading a project of which they are particularly proud or showcasing examples of extra-curricular activities.
Eoin has plenty of material for his e-portfolio, having taken full advantage of all opportunities at DCU, including current roles as a senior student ambassador and deputy station manager with DCU FM.
"When I feel I have achieved something new, I jot it down. The primary way AIM has helped me is that it has encouraged me to do a bit more outside the classroom," said Eoin.
As part of his final year, he has registered for the Uaneen Module, a DCU initiative named after former student Uaneen Fitzsimons, the RTE presenter who was killed in a car crash in 2000. The module formally recognises the extra-curricular work done by students through awarding credits in the final assessment.
He says he and his fellow students are already thinking ahead to life beyond graduation: "Working abroad is something we want to do.
"We have the attitude, we have the attributes, we want to broaden our horizons."