The skills to start again
In 2007 Miriam Heylin returned home to Ireland having worked in the United States for 20 years. She found work with an American company in Castleisland in Kerry. However, things took a turn for the worst when she lost her job as a result of the economic downturn
"After all of that time in America I came home just in time for the recession," jokes Miriam. "When the company closed down, part of the redundancy package that they offered me was a Springboard+ course in IT Tralee. I felt like I was at a crossroads in my career. I figured I might as well take the course."
In 2012 Miriam completed the Certificate in Digital Marketing. Today she owns her own business - Grow Marketing Solutions. She puts much of her success down to what she learned during her time with IT Tralee.
"It was a challenging course. A lot of good quality work was required. But the course acted like a catalyst. All the experience that I had from America and interests that I had, such as photography, all came together. I learned things like photoshop and the process of marketing and how to maximise social media for marketing.
"I opened up my own business a year ago and it has been very successful. Many of the skills I use in my business I got from Springboard+. I have found my niche. My business allows small companies to access the marketing tools that larger companies can access but at a much lower price point.
"I feel I have carved out something great for myself," she says.