By Aideen Sinnott, Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology, 2015
I worked for many years on the business side of an IT company. I loved working with technical employees and learned a great deal from them. Both reading and experience showed me that there were many people like myself, with business acumen but without technical skills. My goal when coming back to do the Higher Diploma in Computing Technology was to upgrade my skills so that I would have a strong business/technical profile that would enable me to continue growing in an interesting and hopefully “cutting-edge” career.
Attending the same lectures as Computer Science students at UCC was a bonus. Not only was our learning on a par with the Computer Science class but we had the opportunity to be taught by some exceptional lecturers. We got a really good grounding in Computer Science and the technical ability to design, create and manage a database-driven web site as well as other essential computing knowledge.
Initially, I had intended to engage in further study to specialise before returning to employment. Guidance from a particularly inspirational professor led me to pursue my own learning project which I intend to focus on now. The way that I think about business has changed during this year. I can see that my background, now enhanced by a new way of thinking will help me in any business environment to creatively use technical concepts to solve business issues.