Donegal ETB is Odhrán’s passport to employment – Donegal Daily

Ahead of the Donegal ETB Further Education and Training (FET) Fair on 23rd and 24th November at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny, we are showcasing the experiences of previous students who have completed courses on the ETB FET service.


A young Donegal man has started a new job at the Department of Foreign Affairs after three years of building skills in Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) service.

Odhrán Wade from Cashelard was offered a job in the passport office immediately after completing the Digital Marketing e-Business program in Donegal Town.

The 22-year-old has always had an interest in computing and it was with Donegal ETB that he gained skills in IT, communications, word processing, payroll and more.

Odhran found the training much more manageable and practical than a college degree.

“After graduation I applied to study IT at LYIT (now ATU Donegal). I took the course for a couple of months, but I found it too difficult for me, so I dropped out around Halloween,” he said.

The following year he enrolled on a part-time QQI Level 4 IT course at the FET Center in Ballyshannon and gained computer skills such as Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

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With the basics of computing in his back pocket and encouraged by the Donegal ETB Adult Careers Service, Odhran applied for QQI’s Level 5 Certificate program at their Donegal City (Drumcliffe) FET Centre.

The e-business program modules cover digital marketing, web development, accounting and the Internet. He said Odran enjoyed payroll and accounting the most and got the best results in that module. The workload and assignments, he said, were very manageable, with only a small amount of work to be done outside of class.

Students also do social media projects as well as social projects as a group, such as fitness challenges and charity events, which help them naturally build team building, organizational and communication skills.

“I think the part-time days were very good. My advice to anyone thinking about the course is to commit to it and try to participate as much as possible,” Odrans said.

These FET courses are designed with adults in mind. Classes at the Drumcliffe Center usually start after 9am and finish in the early afternoon to allow optimal flexibility to help students balance their studies with their home life.

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Career guidance practices such as interviewing benefited Odran greatly when he began applying for jobs.

Eileen Paton, who was ETB’s Adult Careers Adviser in Donegal South County at the time, regularly shared job offers with students and guided them on interview dos and don’ts.

“I didn’t like mock interviews, but it was good to do them. It was good practice. My interview for my job was over on Zoom. I didn’t know how well it went, but a few weeks later I was told the start date,” Odran said.

Odhrán is now based in Dublin working in an online customer service role.

For his education to date, he has completed the Donegal ETB FET service.

“I was very happy to attend the course. It was a good course and I got on very well with everyone. The staff were very nice and they make sure each person is able to do their job. You really learn a lot. “

Courses completed by Odhrán are just some of the many full and part-time business and IT courses offered by the Donegal ETB FET service – the full range of courses across the county can be found on their website, where you can also apply online: anytime: www.donegaletb.ie/fetcoursefinder.

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Donegal ETB’s 2022 FET Fair takes place on 23rd and 24th November at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny:

  • Wednesday, November 23, at 7.00am – 9.00pm: School leavers, their parents/guardians, careers advisers and school principals and deputies are invited to find out about FET opportunities across the county. Those currently working and looking to upskill are also encouraged to find out about the upskilling opportunities offered by the FET service.
  • Thursday 24 November 10am – 2pm: Those interested in finding out about the wide range of full and part-time education and training opportunities provided by the ETB FET service are invited to come and speak to staff to find out more.

Follow their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) for updates and details or contact the ETB Adult Guidance and Information Service on 074 91 78088, email [email protected] or complete this web form , and they I will return to you https://www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/adult-guidance/.

Donegal ETB is Odran’s passport to work last modified: November 19, 2022 the author Rachel McLaughlin

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