Cross-country travel makes dream of a degree in Adult Education a reality

Education
Pictured is Elaine on graduation day with husband Padraig O'Donoghue and children Oran and Ali

Pictured is Elaine on graduation day with husband Padraig O'Donoghue and children Oran and Ali

Travelling across Ireland proved to be the perfect way for Kerry adult literacy tutor Elaine Clifford to obtain a degree in the fastest way possible

Elaine Clifford from Killarney, travelled from the south west to the south east over a number of years to complete her BA in Adult Education at Waterford Institute of Technology. Elaine, who works as an Adult Literacy Tutor with Kerry ETB and NALA combined her studies with her work. In addition to gaining a degree she also gained friends through the course.

What motivated you to take up study? I have always wanted to have a degree and had completed the Higher Certificate in Literacy Development with WIT. My motivation to participate in the Level 7 BA in Adult Education was both personal and professional.

Why did you choose to study at WIT? WIT offered the perfect course/option for me to achieve my dream of obtaining a degree in the fastest way possible.

What advice would you give to students considering your course? My advice is to follow your dreams but be prepared to work hard - it has been an intense journey at times.

How has your studies at WIT helped you to get where you are today? I have gained so much from my studies at WIT. Each module brought its own challenges but so many rewards. My confidence has increased and it has validated the range of skills I possess (and require) to do my job to the best of my ability.

What advice would you give to students considering your course? Go for it! It is an excellent course of study to complete.

What advice would you give to those unsure of college or of what course to pick? I would suggest speaking with people who will give 'neutral' advice. If someone is interested in study in a particular college/university, go and visit these places and speak with lecturers/students/graduates. If unsure of what course to pick, consider perhaps a PLC course or working for a year before committing to something which simply is not for you!

Related Courses

Bachelor of Arts in  BA Ordinary in Adult Education (Part Time)
Higher Certificate in Arts in  Higher Certificate in Literacy Development

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