Returning to college as a mature student was challenging for Damien. But his lecturers and fellow students helped make it a great experience for him
Damien Kavanagh, a graduate of the BEng (Hons) in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering course, decided to progress on to a master’s degree to broaden his career opportunities and develop the skills and knowledge to aid him in his pursuit of securing a leading role in the field of engineering.
A passion for engineering
Before returning to college as a mature student, Damien’s interest in the field of engineering began when he was 21 years old. Starting off on a factory floor, he worked his way up and became a senior manufacturer. He continued to work in this area for the next 20 years and even worked in India for 5 years. When his contract ended he knew that he wanted to stay working in the field of engineering, so he returned to college to earn a recognised qualification in engineering.
“I always wanted to be in engineering. I was not leaving engineering, because I love engineering,” Damien says.
Pursuing a leadership role
Sure of what he wants, Damien has set his ambitions high and is actively pursuing a leadership role in engineering. In pursuit of this, Damien decided to progress on to a master’s.
“I want to be a leader in engineering, I don’t want to be a follower anymore. I’m a mature student, I started college at 48 years of age, and I went back to school late. So I decided I’m going to go for it. I’m going to be a leader in engineering and hopefully I’ll end up in a senior management position. So that’s what I’m aiming for,” Damien says.
Accustomed to college
Damien is currently studying a Master’s in Innovative Technology Engineering. For some people, studying a master's degree may seem more difficult than studying a bachelor's degree, Damien however, seems to think the opposite.
“The more I’m getting into college the more I’m enjoying it. In the beginning, doing this course - BEng (Hons) in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, it was tough because I was a mature student going back to college. But now, because I’m there so long, I’m beginning to really enjoy it,” Damien says.
Advice for mature students
Damien had a wonderful experience as a mature student at WIT and encourages others who are considering returning to college to take the leap.
“Don’t be scared, don’t be afraid and don’t be intimidated by the maths. Just go for it. The lecturers in the college will aid you and your fellow students will help you. Everyone will help you along. Don’t be afraid. When things seem to be getting tough, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust me, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.”