YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE
Over a number of issues, Hot Press will offer readers a comprehensive look at the education options available in 2018. In this issue, we present the first installment in our extensive guide to realising your career dreams…
It doesn’t have to be a jungle out there. We have more education opportunities than ever, whether you’re taking your first independent steps on the education ladder, or a mature student seeking advancement in a chosen career, or simply fancy a change to something more personally rewarding. Or you might simply want to study a particular subject because you have a natural curiosity about how the world works. However, there may be deadlines ahead, and waiting too long might turn into a missed opportunity.
And there are practical considerations. Do you need/want to stay close to home or are you prepared to travel? Would you prefer to be based in a big city or a smaller town? What are the limitations of your budget? Perhaps most important of all, what do you actually want to get out of education anyway?
So maybe it’s time to face the challenge and focus on the options that best appeal to you. Remember, it’s your future, but it starts here.
One of the most exciting developments of recent times is the expansion of education establishments beyond the cities into more sparsely populated areas. Dunboyne College of Further Education in Co Meath serves east Leinster, especially Meath, Dublin and Kildare, with over 670 students doing QQI level 5 and 6 courses.
Over 90% of Dunboyne College students who achieved full QQI level 5 awards have received third level offers. Many proceed directly to employment, because the skills acquired are much sought in the healthcare, childcare, cookery, tourism, business, airline and animal care industries. Students often fare better at this level, as they study an area that suits their passion and aptitude, including nursing, sports, childcare, science and cookery.
The feedback from students of the Dunboyne College courses has been hugely positive in terms of their new skills, and an increased confidence to go on to future learning and access job opportunities. School leavers, mature students, lifelong learners and others use Dunboyne College to explore their preferences, and emerge with a passport to help turn dreams into reality.
For those who prefer a more urban buzz, Crumlin College of Further Education offers QQI courses at Level 5 and 6 in hairdressing, beauty, fashion, sports, information technology, business accounting, tourism, catering, security and sales administration. Night courses are also available.
Their fashion department courses reflect
staffing needs within the industry, with comprehensive courses in fashion buying and merchandising, and fashion styling with design, within a broad industry perspective.
The college invites industry professionals as guest speakers, and research field-trips are enjoyable learning experiences. The college organises internships and work-experience with international companies, design studios, fashion shows and photo shoots.
Many Crumlin College graduates have gained employment as trainee buyer and merchandisers, assistant stylists and design studio assistants,
and their course in fashion management will attract students with an eye on the business, managerial and retailing sides of fashion.
Meanwhile, Crumlin College’s School of Beauty, located at a separate address, offers an accredited diploma in beauty therapy, leading to an internationally-recognised qualification. The beauty and retail sales course includes ITEC accreditation in manicure, pedicure, make-up and beauty. Crumlin College cookery students get a solid grounding in the practical side
of the culinary arts and can progress to higher certificate and degrees, and earn the necessary skills for employment in hospitality.
The healthy state of the vibrant Irish music industry has focused much deserved attention on the
music college at the BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music) Institute in Dublin. It’s part of Europe’s largest contemporary music college, offering degrees and diplomas in such disciplines as guitar,bass, drums, vocals and songwriting. Applications for 2018/19 courses are now open, but for the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music, applicants must apply via the CAO before February 1, 2018. Applicants for the CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship can contact the college directly.
BIMM students enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities, as well as masterclasses from such luminaries as Hozier, The Edge, Thurston Moore, and Imelda May, plus one-to-one tutorials from industry professionals for songwriting, performance, music production, and publishing.
The BIMM faculty includes Ro Yourell (Delorentos), Cormac Curran (Villagers, Lisa Hannigan) and
Louise MacNamara (Heathers). Alan Cullivan, who steered The Thrills to considerable success, says, “BIMM Dublin is making a huge impact, with our current crop of students and recent graduates emerging as successful musicians, producers and entrepreneurs.” Students and graduates have included All Tvvins, Elm, Jafaris, Farah Elle, Le Boom, Maria Kelly, Little Hours, Thumper and Fontaines. BIMM operate in seven European cities, with Hamburg set to open in 2018.
Another much-renowned music course is the MIX Course run by Hot Press in a convenient Centre City Dublin location for well over 15 years. It has a clear agenda, and over a series of 13 weekly evening lectures, invites highly experienced music industry specialists to talk to students about their respective area of expertise in order to present a picture of how exactly the music industry and media actually work..
This year’s course is now open for applications and key subjects will include record companies, marketing, publicity, image development, production, publishing, music online, the media, management, finance, touring and distribution.
Recognised by the music industry in Ireland and abroad, MIX includes a written examination and those who complete the course successfully will be awarded a certificate acknowledging their achievement.
In the past, superb lectures have been delivered by the likes of Steve Averill (U2 designer), Willie O’Reilly (RTE/Today FM) Mark Crossingham (Universal Music Ireland), Nessa McGann (Program Director, SPIN South West), and Paul Walsh.
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Live and kicking: Jafaris' End of Term gig at BIMM. (Right) MIX course lecturer Nessa McGann.