The best decision I ever made after I was made redundant was to return back to education.
My confidence was low and I felt stuck.

sheila o learyI was apprehensive but as soon as I entered the door of Killarney VTOS, I knew I had made the right decision.  Immediately I was made feel part of a family and developed real positive relationships with staff and students.  The modules were very interesting and were reasonable challenges – It was all very achievable and I used to look forward to going in every morning.  I successfully acquired a Major Award in Information Communication Technology Skills to FETAC (QQI) level 4 standard.

 The personal development was the biggest part for me and because I was doing something constructive and bettering myself, my confidence grew.  The staff showed us how to achieve our dreams and gave us practical approaches on how to be successful at interviews, CV preparation and Job searching.  Confidence grew for all of us students and we were all prepared to look forward to the future with the possibility of going forward into higher education or enter the world of work, which I did.

I have to declare that without VTOS, I would not be where I am today.  I needed that break to get the job of my dreams and VTOS made it possible.  While at VTOS my skills were fine tuned.  The experience brought out the best in me and prepared me to find the right job, it was like a new lease of life. ‘I now hold an administrative post in a very bust Killarney office’.

I would highly recommend anyone who is unemployed, or perhaps needs a career change or just wants some direction to go to the open day. It truly was the best move I ever made.

The team of teachers and all staff at Killarney VTOS are completely under rated and the work they do for each student is phenomenal.  The respect and support on every level they provided to each student was extraordinary and the atmosphere was pure gold. 

I am truly blessed that I had this experience as it has benefited my personal life and the career path that I have chosen to take.  I love my current job and I give the credit to all my dear friends and staff members of Killarney VTOS....

Sheila O’Leary Leavy

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