If you’re considering returning to education as a mature student and reading this testimonial then you’re already on the road to a new journey. Every journey begins with taking the first step and yours has begun as mine did with reading what others had to say about their time in Cork College of Commerce.
It’s nerve racking returning to education especially if your time in school wasn’t the most enjoyable for whatever reason. Add into the mix the fact that you’ve a lot of life experience since you left school and it’s been decades since you’ve been in a classroom environment. Then you begin to question, will you be able to be a student among younger students (possibly most the same age as your own kids) & teachers, can you sit and listen to someone teach you?
I’m here to settle your nerves a little, and let you know you can do it. Not only can you do it, you’ll thrive in Cork College of Commerce (CCOC). Once you’re there you’ll be guided throughout your time here with empathy, care and encouragement.
It is an incredible fun experience and it opens the mind beyond whatever I thought it would & could have.
It’s hard, really hard at times but the support you get from lecturers and fellow students all helps to make it a little easier and achievable.
You go at a pace that suits you. So don’t be afraid of getting left behind, the teaching staff won’t let that happen. They guide you all the way.
If I could offer only one piece of advice it would be time management, give yourself plenty of time to settle in and plenty of time on assignments. Once you turn up, listen in class, ask questions in class, understand the work and use the time given wisely with assignments, then you’ll get to the end with a great sense of achievement and knowledge. The knowledge will blow your mind.
I was happy to just dip my toe in the water and do a one year course in Psychology & Social Studies to try and understand my mental Illness a little better. Now because of my incredible CCOC experience and the teachers continued encouragement to believe I had more to offer, I am now studying a four year degree in Social Work at UCC and I’ve no doubt my year at CCOC is the strong foundation I needed for me to build on over the next four years.
From humble beginnings anything is possible.
You just have to believe in yourself and the team at Cork College of Commerce.
So fill out the application, go to the interview, show up on day one and the team at CCOC will guide you all the way to the finish line.
Enjoy your journey & be kind to yourself. You’ll thank yourself next year for believing in yourself.