Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Anthony Byrne

“I tried to get a job but the economy had taken a downturn”

I left secondary school and went to Ballymun Youthreach for 4 years. After that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I tried to get a job but the economy had taken a downturn. I fell in to a rut of not doing anything and I felt lost in where I wanted to go in life.

In 2013 I got a letter from my local Social Welfare office about courses that were available in my local area. I thought the courses looked good and I decided that I wanted to do a personal development course to build up my confidence after being unemployed. I took part in FETAC Level 3 Communications & Personal Effectiveness with the Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership. Then I moved on to Career Planning at FETAC Level 4. These courses helped me with my interview skills, my communications skills and taught me how to deal with conflict.

“Working with computers was something that I had a real interest in”

Through the Career Planning course I found that working with computers was something that I had a real interest in. This year I took part in Computer Literacy & Word Processing at FETAC Level 3 and IT Skills at FETAC Level 4. I was feeling more confident so I went to an open day at Coláiste Dhulaigh. I was pleased that I could show them that I had been building my computer skills. I also wanted to complete the courses so I could build up my CV. This helped keep me motivated during the course, other people in the class had different goals and motivations. We were all at different levels but we supported each other, the courses helped me in so many ways and I would highly recommend doing a course through the Partnership.

“My experience is proof that this is something that anyone can achieve you just need to take that first step”

During my time over the last year I have done a lot of self-reflecting and developed a philosophy of stepping stones. I looked at every course as an opportunity to not only learn something new but also as a stepping stone to other opportunities and it has really benefited me a lot to have that outlook.  In September 2014 I began attending Coláiste Dhulaigh to train to be a Computer Systems Technician. Back in 2013 I never believed that it would be possible for me to go to college. My experience is proof that this is something that anyone can achieve you just need to take that first step.