Graduate Voices

//Graduate Voices

“Two years ago I was extremely upset when I realised I did not have enough points for Early Childhood Studies. I then made the best decision I could have made and decided to go to Cork College of Commerce. For the last two years I have been studying Early Years level 5 and 6. During my time in the college every lecturer I had was extremely helpful and cared about every student in their class and helped each one to achieve their goals. I am delighted to say my goal was achieved as I received a second year offer to Waterford Institute of Technology to further my studies in Early Childhood Studies and receive a level 8 degree. I would highly recommend Cork College of Commerce to anyone.” 

Amy O'Leary, WIT

“Returning to third level education as a mature student can be very daunting. I personally felt that the College of Commerce was the perfect place to start my journey in Early Years Education. The course is extremely rewarding, due to its challenging nature and helpful lecturers with a multitude of experience. The best aspect of this course was the balance they aim to strike between theory and practice. The diverse and individual ongoing support of the lecturers, their attitude, capability and genuine willingness to help their students is second to none. I am extremely happy with the course and have achieved a high score as a result of the excellent tuition I received. I would recommend CCOC to anyone looking to further their education no matter what age or stage of life you’re in.”

Mahelia Wolfertz

“I was a mature student on the Psychology and Social Care Programme (2013/2014). I just wanted to update you with my progress. I graduated from UCC with a 2.1 in Criminology in 2017. My dissertation being published by the Irish Probation Journal, which i received 80% in. I then went on to complete an MA in Conflict, Governance and International Development at the University of East Anglia (now hoping for a 1st). I am now off on another adventure to Australia where I am going to work for the International Red Cross as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer, and then to Malawi with Concern as Project Manager Assisting the Country Director. None of this would have been possible without the Cork College of Commerce. Your staff, being the security staff’s welcoming face in the morning, the cleaning staff, the canteen’s staff’s forever encouragement and especially the teachers who put there absolute heart and soul in to my time there… even at one stage Jenny Young consoling me in the toilets whilst I cried thinking I couldn’t complete my course. I have included a picture of my graduation, and am second in from the left. I am more then happy to keep in touch, network with students, Skype or share my story if it means even giving just one student hope and encouragement that anything is possible!! Thank you again, you are always in my thoughts.”

Leontia McKeon, UCC

“I repeated my Leaving Cert with you guys in June 2013 and I still maintain it was the best decision I’ve ever made!! It was so tough in August 2012, when I missed my nursing and all my friends went off to college. A few meltdowns later and I realised (even though I didn’t want to admit it!!) the best thing to do would be to do it all over again. 

I’m SO glad I went to CCOC – the support throughout was second to none, the teachers were super passionate and I knew they wanted us to do well. Quite simply, I wouldn’t have done as well if I had gone anywhere else for the year!!!

Fast forward to August 2013, and my jaw hit the floor when I got my results (still can’t believe it!!!) and a big hug for the one and only Miriam DeBarra.

Fast forward 5 years and I have just graduated from UCC with an honours degree in Children’s & General Nursing!! I am beside myself, and again I put it down to that year in CCOC – I wouldn’t have gotten into my course if it wasn’t for the constant support, attention to detail and hard working staff of CCOC. I was crying happy tears this time around!!!

I have nothing but respect and admiration for the dream team of CCOC.”

Meabh MacManamon, Repeat Leaving Certificate

“I started my college experience in Cork College of Commerce two years ago. I chose General Childcare and it was the best decision I made in taking steps to reach my goal. The lecturers were amazing and went well out of their way to help us achieve good grades and settle in to college life. I have accepted a place in Early Childhood Studies in University College Cork. I was delighted when I received my CAO offers I received both my first choices in level 7/8. I would never have been able to get there if it wasn’t for the dedicated and hardworking lecturers. The small classes really allowed us to excel in each module. I would recommended anyone who is thinking about studying in CCOC to do it!”

Lisa O'Donovan, Level 6 Early Years

” I just wanted to say thank you again for your support last year and to let you know I have been accepted into UCC to study General Nursing.

I do believe that I was able to achieve this due to the support and encouragement I received from all of you. The course has prepared me for my next adventure from aspects on how to write assignments to refocusing my brain to study. It was also through the course work and work experience that I discovered my original plan to practise as a midwife was no longer what I wanted and general nursing (A&E nursing) is the right path. 

It was very daunting to “go back to school” especially being a mature student but I’m glad I did and, I would recommend anyone who is considering the same at my age to consider College of Commerce before going on further to prepare them for what lies ahead too.”

Susan, UCC

“Having attended CCOC I felt it gave me a solid grounding in a diverse range of topics within IT, this diversity helped me to understand the area of IT I would like to pursue and ultimately shaped my career. The work experience arranged by CCOC during my course kick-started my career and I will be forever thankful to the dedicated team. I would highly recommend Cork College of Commerce to any prospective student looking for a start in an information technology career.”

Anthony O'Callaghan, Flextronics

“For years I thought further education wasn’t for me, I didn’t think I would have the skills or drive to succeed in college. Finding myself out of work, I decided to give it one last chance and return to education at the Cork College of Commerce to study Software Development. What struck me most about the college was the atmosphere the lecturers created. They were enthusiastic and genuinely wanted you to do well and in turn you wanted to do well too, it was invigorating. I actually began enjoying education for probably the first time in my life as I realised I could achieve something. I was given all the tools and support I needed to succeed. I am now studying Computer Science as a mature student in UCC and wouldn’t be here without their help.”

Sam O'Donovan, UCC

“College of Commerce has given me the skills and experience to work in IT. I really loved my time there with my class mates and teachers. The structure of the course prepared me for the workplace. When I was doing my exams I felt fully prepared as my teachers put in much time and effort for each one of us. The coursework was detailed and I really liked what I was doing. The course boosted my confidence and prepared me well for the job I have now. It opened my mind to many opportunities. The staff were so helpful and I had amazing teachers. I met and made many great friends. I am now working in Abtran for Sky Ireland and this course got me there.”

Sarah Jane McNicholas, Abtran for Sky Ireland

“This is a really good College. The teachers were very helpful and I met great friends. Exams were frequent which I found great to keep us interested and focused. The coursework was varied so we got a taste for everything. My confidence really increased and it made me more outgoing. There were many job opportunities and I am now in full time employment. Staff were very friendly and helpful. With the skills I had learned when I finished in College I was well able to go and get a job.”

Orla Young, Bon Secours, Tralee

“Attending College of Commerce was a very positive experience for me. It helped to build my confidence to be able to return to work. The College is structured and managed well. It is really geared towards the workplace. Coursework is relevant and manageable. I secured work and started immediately after finishing the course. The information available on job vacancies was excellent. The staff are very efficient, friendly and helpful. Our class were very close and got on well together.”

Jan Sheehan, Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital

“As part of my work experience I was the make up artist for two short films being made by another college. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about the production of films and what its like to be on set as a make up artist. Since the course I am working as a freelance artist doing weddings, photo shoots and theatre work. I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of becoming a make up artist.”

Katie Byrne, Freelance Artist

“I have gotten a job with Steiner and will be leaving on the 11th of December! I wanted to say a very belated thank you for arranging the tour of the cruise ship in Cobh last May. It was the most amazing day ever, I’ll never forget it. It really motivated me to work towards getting a job with Steiner and here I am 6 months later ready to jet off!! I couldn’t be happier and it’s all thanks to the Beauty Therapy course and the incredible teachers.”

Niamh Barrett, Steiner Cruises

“The college was for me a great starting point for me as it helped me to discover the qualities and skills which I hadn’t discovered before. This encouraged me to continue with my third level education to CIT. There have been so many improvements in my educational life because of what I have learnt in CCOC. I am very grateful to all of teachers of for their time, sacrifice and encouragement during my time at the college and I won’t forget that.”

Erick Ndambi, CIT

“The Computer Science course in the College of Commerce appealed to me because the modules looked interesting and I would get a qualification after one year and could then seek employment or progress to further studies. Applying for the course was the best decision I made. The teachers on the course are great, they made classes interesting and cared about each student. I would thoroughly recommend the Computer Science to anyone interested in ultimately working in IT.”

Margarita Tsekvava, Clearstream

“CCOC provided me with the encouraging, supportive & motivating environment I needed to excel in my studies & progress to UWSTD where I completed my Marketing degree with just one further year study there. The high marks I received in my degree was testament to the three years I spent in CCOC being constantly challenged & supported by brilliant teachers, as is my job as a Marketing Executive.  The personal approach was one of my best aspects, everyone’s needs were catered for individually and there was no “one size fits all” attitude.”

Teresa Lehane, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

“I studied Language and European studies at the Cork College of Commerce, and it was the best choice I ever made. I am now studying in UCC and I definitely wouldn’t have got here without this amazing course. The best year of my life was spent at the Cork College of Commerce!”

Dylan Lee, UCC

“I loved my marketing and event management course in CCOC. It is a great college where you get a lot of support and help from your tutors. It gave me the confidence to pursue higher education, which I am currently studying a degree in Marketing and Multimedia at the University of Roehampton.”

Angela Ennis, University of Roehampton

“The minute I opened my Leaving Cert results last year, I knew I had no option but to repeat. Of course at first I was very hesitant, but now I couldn’t think of a better place to do it than at the Cork College of Commerce. From day one, I knew that the teachers were very exam focused, and they work hard to help you maximise your points, and the excellent support I received from the Study Advisor and Guidance Councillors really helped me to reach my full potential. Their range of study facilities also benefited me in the long run throughout the year, and gave me a whole new approach to study. It was hard to see my old friends move on to college without me, but I have made so many new friends, whom I hope to keep for a very long time as we continue our journey into college. I would like to thank everyone at the CCOC for giving me both a beneficial and pleasant year here, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to repeat their Leaving Certificate.”

Mairéad Murphy

“Having done the leaving cert three times now I think college of commerce is the place to be if your goal is to aim higher in your education.

Ireland is the third country I’ve lived in and I’ve had to repeat the leaving cert in each country because of the change in syllabus and grading system. This school gave me another chance to further my education and pursue my goal in life.

The teachers and staffs are so lovely and dedicated to each student. They understand that studying as an adult isn’t that easy and they make sure to find a way to make lectures easy  for you.

I would gladly recommend this school to anyone I know and to encourage everyone out there who wish to continue with their education never to give up. It’s never too late to achieve your dreams.”

Vivian Felix Aimiuwu

“Coming to Cork College of Commerce to re-sit my Leaving Certificate has been the best decision I have made with my life since leaving school. At the tender age of 17, having sat a leaving cert I didn’t care about, I entered the working world. All I wanted was freedom. After spending years working, I started to realise that the only way I could improve my life, was by going back to the beginning, starting from scratch, and repeating my leaving cert. In today’s world, 3rd level education is so important, but you also need a solid backbone from which to build your future. With the help of the colleges amazing teachers and staff, I am now flying through the course, absolutely confident with my work and studies, and eager to sit the exams. I have applied to UCC, and with a bit of luck and a lot of work, I’m hoping to realise my dream, and be accepted. None of this would have been possible were it not for two things: The teachers and staff, and just as importantly, my own decision to re-sit. I implore any of you, if you have even the slightest inkling to re-sit your Leaving Cert, do it. The power to change your life is in your hands, all it takes is one good decision, and Cork College of Commerce to help you see it through.”

Lewis Ferris

“I decided to continue my education after being out of school for more than ten years. It wasn’t easy at first, but I got to meet people who were very determined and positive towards education. That encouraged me not to give up.

The teachers are so amazing and supportive. They give out their best to make sure that every student can be on track with their studies. I’m so grateful to the staff of cork college of commerce for their support and encouragement.”

Samuel Opoku
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