From various roles within the business function of an IT company I knew that I really enjoyed working with both technical teams as well as technical customers. I had strong general business acumen but wanted a more in depth understanding of technology and trends. Because I enjoyed the area so much I decided to do the Higher Diploma in Computing Technology to upgrade my skills at this stage of my career.
Attending the same lectures as Computer Science students at UCC was excellent. Not only was our learning on a par with the Computer Science class but we had the opportunity to be taught by exceptional lecturers. We got a really good grounding in Computer Science. Initially, I had intended to engage in further study to specialise even more before returning to employment. Guidance from a particularly inspirational professor led me to pursue my own business project that I am currently working on and am now with the Ignite Business Innovation Programme here in UCC.
Besides really enjoying the learning for the year, the Higher Diploma has given me more understanding, this helps me think creatively about technical solutions to business problems. This will no-doubt help me continue with an exciting and “cutting-edge” career, allow me to work more closely with technical teams and specialise when I need to.
Aideen Sinnott, HDip Applied Computing Science, 2014