From class sizes and the interactivity in lectures, Sinéad knew WIT was the right choice for her and got involved in all areas of student life
Sinéad Tobin from Clonea Power, Co Waterford, is currently studying Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Human Resource Management) and a past pupil of Scoil Mhuire.
I am currently in my final semester in WIT. While studying, I was a class rep, a P2P (Peer to Peer) mentor and this year I was a senior P2P mentor. I really enjoyed taking part in these activities as it was a great opportunity to get involved in the college and to develop new skills. I really enjoyed my time in WIT and found that I have gained a lot of valuable information for future careers. I found the flexible semester to be really beneficial.
What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?
Initially, I had been drawn to some universities but after looking at the small class size and interactivity of WIT, I felt I could learn a lot more in that environment. I had heard a lot of positive feedback from the past students who had achieved great things from the course so from that I knew that this course would be a great opportunity to develop and grow. The work placement was a key factor also for me when deciding which college I would attend as I felt it was vital.
Did you always know this was the course you wanted to do?
I had a huge interest in business but was unsure of the area that I would like to work in, I found the opportunity in first and second year to explore the different areas was a great to explore and see what area appealed to me the most.
I always knew that I wanted to work in a fast pace environment which was constantly changing, I felt that by studying a business degree it would give me that knowledge which would help me to succeed in an environment like that.
What have you done in life prior to studying here?
I came straight from school to WIT but I had already been very involved while in school as well as a variety of different extracurricular activities. Ever since then I have continued to get involved in a variety of activities from internships to Gaisce.
What words of advice do you have for new students?
Get involved and get to know new people. At the start everyone is nervous and is more than happy to chat and make friends.
I found that some people didn't think ahead when choosing their course, it is important to do your research regarding your course as well as what opportunity will be available when you have completed it. You want to ensure that when you have completed your course you will be fully prepared for the working world and that is exactly what WIT gives you!
What have been the highlights of your college experience?
I think my work placement in Bausch & Lomb was one of my highlights, I really enjoy working and meeting people so this was a great experience for me. I found that I really thrived and grew a lot on placement.
I think the relationships which I have developed with lecturers is something that I will have forever and found that they made the experience so much better. In particular Dr Trish Bowe, Corinne Power-O’Mahony, Marie O'Dwyer, Mick Rock and Ann-Marie McGrath. Their support throughout the last 4 years is what I believe makes WIT stand out ahead of the universities and they are a huge asset to the college.
Did you participate in any of the following?
- Work placement
- Guest lecturers/visits
- Clubs & Societies
How did this add to your college experience?
Out of the above, I found that the work placement and P2P enhanced my college experience. It allowed me to meet new people who had similar interests, it allowed me to develop a variety of skills and to try something new.
Anything you'd like to add
No only a big thank to all the lecturers and students that I met along the way who made the experience so enjoyable.
Also, I would like to like to acknowledge the massive contribution that Katie and her team in SLL add to the college, they really have a positive effect on the college and it is definitely a worthwhile program that should continue to grow!