Being seriously dyslexic and also having been out of education for years, the idea of going back into education was scary. I did not believe that I had the skills and knowledge requirements to cope with this course. Once I started college, I surprised myself with the abilities I did not realise I had. The course had a fantastic structure and I was able to keep up with the college assignments. I felt confident handing my work up. This was down to the teachers always willing to go the extra mile for their students.

I graduated this course with all distinctions and I am now attending Limerick University doing a level 8 course. The College of Commerce helped me achieve this goal, and it was truly worth it, as I thought this would have never been possible. I truly believe I will have a promising future in a career which would not been possible without the level 5 Computer Science course.

I could not highly recommend this course more.

James McLoughlin, Computer Science & UL

I spent one year doing an Essential IT for the Office Course in the Cork College of Commerce, this gave me a Level 5 QQI qualification in Office Informatics.  My experience was very positive, I loved the buzz and environment of the college.  I found the learning environment great and I decided that I wanted to continue learning.  As a result of finishing the Level 5 course I was able to progress to the CIT where I am presently studying for a Level 7 in Business Administration.  My time in the Cork College of Commerce has given me the confidence to go to the CIT.

Chloe Randals, Essential IT for The Office & CIT

I feel I had an excellent and very positive experience having completed Essential IT for the Office in the Cork College of Commerce.  I found the Course to be very structured.  We completed some very practical subjects that will stand to me for life.  Teachers were there to help with course work and to help prioritise work.  I was lucky to secure a full-time job having finished the course and am now working as an administrator in Intouch Control Systems Ltd which is located in Little Island.

Andrea Dulea, Office Administration

When I reflect on my course in Cork College of Commerce I conclude that the experience not only made me a better care giver but also prepared me in unpredictable ways for my career. Before going to Cork College of Commerce to do healthcare assistant course I had done many other courses but unfortunately none of them was fruitful.

Some of the modules were very difficult but with incredibly supportive classmates, and teachers who were nothing short of champions, I was challenged to discover the talent for caring for people who need help with the activities of daily living which I didn’t know I had. That talent has played a central role in my work, as a carer. It is vital to thinking, to planning, to imagination, to communication, and to engagement.

Having been shaped in part by the collegial and creative, yet rigorous, environment at CCOC I found myself able to communicate, innovate, and collaborate in ways that enabled me to build a successful career and eventually to find a rewarding career in a warm nursing home since March immediately after my work experience. In my current role as Healthcare Assistant, I work with the elderly people who need help with ADL and people living with dementia.

I am strengthened every day by the knowledge I developed during my time at CCOC, which will forever continue to develop. It was a wonderful time in my life, and the best educational experience I’ve had. I will definitely recommend this course for people with a passion for caring for people who need help with ADL.

Emilian Malong, Healthcare Assistant & UCC

Applying Professional Cookery course at the Cork College of Commerce was the best decision I could have made for me. It gave me all the knowledge and confidence that I needed for me to go out and work in the industry and progress onto CIT to complete my degree. All the subjects were very interesting and have helped me in my current course. The lecturers were incredibly helpful and got to know all of us on a personal level. I have made some great friend because of the course and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Emma Twomey, Professional Cookery & Culinary Arts (CIT)

College of Commerce is the place to meet awesome people, great staff and the best teachers!

The Holistic and Physical Therapies course is only 2 years. It is recognized outside Ireland so if you love a hands on career and travelling, this is the course for you.

To succeed in this course you need to be passionate about the human body and mind. You will need to study hard and practice your massage techniques outside college hours. This course will also teach you how to become an entrepreneur if you like to set up your own business.

I love my current position as a massage/beauty therapist in The Spa at the Kingsley, in Cork where I am doing a large range of treatments.

I really enjoyed studying at College of Commerce where I learnt theoretical as well as practical knowledge. The course changed my life and helped me to become the best of myself.

Sandrine Pageot, Holistic and Physical Therapies & The Spa, Kingsley Hotel

Last year I did the Police and Security Studies Level 5 in the College of Commerce. I really enjoyed my time here at the college and because of it I’m doing my dream job- working in K9 security! I learnt so much in my classes and the teachers were so helpful and were always there to help you if you needed it. The college invited the company I work for, CI Secure in for a talk about the work we do and it was so nice to be back. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the college!

I am currently working full time in the new Aspire lounge handling private passengers, private aircraft and crew and business class guests in Cork Airport, I am now permanently employed there.

The college course I completed in college of commerce really helped me in the workplace as we handle the Amadeus system on a daily basis and the general systems and checking we use are very similar it.

The classes and information I learnt in the College come in useful most days from a tourism point of view. The many other classes I took, such as customer service & Airline Studies relate to the industry and day to day life in the airport.

The day classes and half-day grooming talks helped greatly too as we have a strict grooming and uniform code in the lounge and these classes helped me and hopefully you keep them on for further years.

Just want to say a big thank you to all the staff in Cork College of Commerce who helped and helped improve on myself.

Lily Carpenter, Airline Studies & Aspire Lounge

I am a past student of CCOC, Applied Psychology and Social Studies. I graduated with an honours degree in Social Work and would like to thank CCOC for helping me start my college journey and for being part of career change. The foundation was truly set because of CCOC. Due to the nature of my course, I found myself dipping in and out of my CCOC notes as they overlapped with a number of UCC modules. Furthermore, as a young girl I was petrified of Maths and when I realised Economics was a module in UCC, I felt more prepared thanks to Jenny in CCOC who taught me statistics. CCOC was of great benefit to me even 4 years on and I would encourage any mature student thinking about applying for a course in CCOC, to just do it. They certainly will not regret it.
I also want to extend my hand if you would like me to give a talk in CCOC at some stage regarding Social Work, UCC, writing a personal statement, the transition from CCOC to UCC or even the transition from full time work to college. I would like to give back something to the college. I am beginning my career as a Child Protection and Welfare Social Worker with Tusla in the next two weeks. I would like to help anyone thinking about college or university.

Charlene Hogan, HR Administration

I studied Human Resource Administration in the Cork College of Commerce.

I was going through a stage where I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I did know that I needed to be doing something. I needed to up my skills as quickly as possible so that I could get into the workforce and this was easiest way I saw to do that. I therefore decided to do a Course on HR Administration.

I was able to gain the skills that I needed to get a full time, permanent job, because the HR Administration course is so broad that it allowed me to get a job in a completely different field. I now work as a Legal Secretary. The course covered all the bases, whether you intend going into the world of work or going on to higher education, you will be well equipped.

I also got the chance to meet some amazing people that I would have never come across otherwise. It has set me on the path that I’m on right now and I am so grateful to the staff and all the teachers for being so helpful and willing to lend their wisdom and expertise at any moment.

All of that made the year an altogether enjoyable one. If you’re looking for a course that combines working with people and a broad knowledge of the world of work, then this is the course for you.

Kafayat Elegushi, HR Administration

I completed a Level 5 QQI Reception and Customer Service Course in the Cork College of Commerce, I had a really great experience.  The Course really suited me, it gave me confidence in my own abilities.  The staff were very encouraging and wanted students to achieve their full potential.  I made lifelong friends who were very helpful and supportive.  I am presently doing a Level 6 QQI Course in Office Management.  When I complete this course I hope to get a job either in a hotel reception of at a front office reception.  What I have learned in the Cork College of Commerce will allow me to achieve this goal.

Róisín Hayes, Reception and Customer Service & Office Management

I am thrilled with my experience in Cork College of Commerce.  I learned so much from my 2 years in Holistic and Physical Therapies. I gained practical course expertise but also fantastic life skills such as client care, communication and interpersonal skills and for me personally, self-awareness and empathy.

I had wonderful lecturers who very much cared about their students and were always available whenever I needed any extra help. I also gained life long friends over the 2 years of my course.

I now work as a spa therapist in the Escape Spa Imperial Hotel Cork, a career choice which I credit my college lecturers. This course has honestly influenced my life for the better.

Finally, if you are considering this course, I have no hesitation in recommending it! It may change your life…it certainly changed mine!”

Siobhán Neenan, Holistic & Physical Therapies & Escape Spa Imperial Hotel Cork

I am now following my dream of studying Forestry in WIT, and it’s all thanks to the College of Commerce. I applied for Computer Science because I wanted to get back into education and change my career path. I am here today because of that decision and it has changed my life.

Computer Science gave me a great advantage in my current course. I studied Java and am now using VB on a mapping subject and I’m quite comfortable with it because of Java. I’m using maths 5 days a week including maths for forestry (forest mensuration is the subject of maths and calculations specifically for forestry with its own formulas) and Excel. I have no fear of it because of the maths module that I studied in Cork College of Commerce. One thing I can’t emphasise enough, communications is a top subject and taken very serious in WIT. Thanks for the skills I was taught in Communications, as I had a head start on most of my class in 2 (yes 2) semesters of communications lectures.

I can highly recommend the Cork College of Commerce to anyone who wants a change in their career path.

Glenn Couglan, Computer Science & WIT

Emma O Driscoll: “After finishing this course, I applied for positions to work as a nanny. I am currently working now as a fulltime nanny in the U.K. This was a great course, and it definitely prepared me for getting this job, as I knew so much about activities for children and had a great awareness of caring for young babies.”

Emma Coffey, Thani Dorgan & Emma O Driscoll, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education & First steps childcare and Kindercare

I had a very pleasant experience when I was studying Medical and Dental Reception in the Cork College of Commerce.  There was a variant of ages in the class, all were welcome.  I found assignments to be well spaced out and the practical subjects were well chosen for the course.  Staff proved to be very helpful and understanding.  My colleagues were very nice and we engaged in much teamwork.  I feel the Course made me ready for the world of work.  I am now a secretary to a consultant in a private clinic.

Anita Tegt, Medical and Dental Reception, Secretary

Although it had its ups and downs, I will be forever grateful for my time at Cork College of Commerce. Over the two years I spent at the College, I developed an array of skills which I had to chance to apply through work experience in the likes of AM O Sullivan PR, EIL Ireland and The Everyman Theatre.

I was also given the opportunity to take part in the Pitstop Leadership Programme and, along with a classmate, put together a hugely successful event during our second year which was to raise fund for the Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club.

My time in the College gave me the guidance and information I needed to find the right next steps for my education. It is because of them I am currently studying in UCC the innovative BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology, a course I would never have known about if it wasn’t for the highly supportive staff of Cork College of Commerce.

Kayleigh Falvey, BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology

Leanne Doyle: “I have moved on to CIT, where I am studying Social Care. I adjusted to CIT really easy, especially with assignments, as I was so prepared and way more confident from attending the two years in the College of Commerce.”

Cathy O’Mahony: “I have progressed onto CIT, where I am now studying for a BA in Early Years Education and Care. The two years that I completed in the College of Commerce have given me such a knowledge boost, especially with my assignments. My teachers were so supportive and you always got the help you needed.”

Leanne Doyle and Cathy O'Mahony, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education & CIT

My time in Cork College of Commence studying Beauty Therapy was fantastic with such a great bunch of girls all there to help each other. The teachers were so understanding and helped each us reach our best potential which showed in exam results at the end of the year when the effort was put into it.

It was a very interesting course and I loved every minute of it, studying a lot of different aspects and subjects was an eye opener, as I didn’t realize how in depth the course would be but it stands to me working in the beauty industry today, I am currently working in Jessie’s hair and beauty day spa in Clonakilty.

Margaret O'Regan, Beauty Therapy & Jessie’s Hair and Beauty Day Spa

I spent one year doing a QQI Level 5 Course in Medical and Dental Reception.  Overall my experience in the Cork College of Commerce was very positive.  As a mature student I felt very supported and looked after.  There was discipline and structure in the College but it was not over rigid.  I had some practical subjects which have proved very relevant to my current job.  I found my confidence grew over the year I spent at the College.  Staff were very encouraging and my colleagues were a huge resource and source of support.  I now work in the Cork University Hospital.

Rosemary O'Mahony, Office Administration & Cork University Hospital

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 Tzekvava, Clearstream

I enrolled in College of Commerce  for Computer Science Level 5 FETAC course and then the following year, I completed the Level 6 Computer Science course. The lecturers and staff members passion and devotion towards their students and their willingness to devote extra time to explain fundamentals in detail were an essential  to my success at the college. I am now fully graduated from CIT with a 1st Class Honours degree in Computing.

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, Early Childhood Studies & WIT

Alision Brady: “This was a fantastic course, really interesting. I got employment from my work placement, in Shrovagh Childcare, in Tower, so I am thrilled. All of the teachers really prepared me so well for working in the Early years sector, and I really love my job.”

Katelyn Collins: “I learned so much about every aspect of childcare. We gained so much experience in the class, and could do so many activities and games in the setting. I got a fulltime job in Childs Play Educare in Cloughdue, when I completed my course. I did my work experience placement there.”

Linda Cronin: “I really found that all the teachers were very approachable and really supportive. We had great fun, lots of hard work too, but I made great friends.”

Alision Brady, Katelyn Collins & Linda Cronin, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

I would like to thank the College of Commerce teachers for all their help and support. I had two brilliant years in the College of Commerce studying Business, with help from amazing teachers and in a great environment.

Hashem Wedatala, Business & Law and Business UCC

Vivienne Mullane: “I am working as a Special Needs Assistant in St Johns Primary School, the course, especially the module Children with additional needs provided me with invaluable experience and help to prepare me for my job”.

Sarah O’Mahony: “I am working as an Early Years Educator in Little Einstein Pre – school; I got this position from my work placement. This course really provided me with great practical experience that I now carry out in my setting.”

Kirsty Maguire, Anna Musial, Ana Ruis Fernandes and Rita Ujvari have all continued to study at Level 6, and have “made lifelong friends”.

Sarah O’ Mahony, Ana Ruis Fernandes, Anna Musial, Kirsty Maguire and Vivienne Mullane Rita Ujvar, Early Childhood Care and Education

Having been unemployed for over 5 years and getting nothing but rejection emails from all jobs I applied for, my self belief was at its lowest point ever in my life. I couldn’t see a future in front of me and the stress of trying to keep a roof over my family’s head, I decided to apply to Cork College of Commerce to attend a computer course. Immediately I realized I had made the right choice. Over the next few weeks I met the rest of my tutors, and each and every one of them were fantastic both educationally and mentally. Slowly but surely my confidence and self belief were coming back. Instead of having a fear of what the next day would bring it would be a day of anticipation of what will I would learn next. End of year exams came and passed everything with flying colors so much so I applied to come back for another year. The year flew by and I left the college with a bright new look on life, and thankfully within 6 months I am now in full time employment in a job I absolutely love doing.

Francis Leahy, FIT IT Maintenance & Support

I’m now working full time for Amazon and I got the job because I did the English & IT skills course – all the modules especially EFL, Internet, customer service and contact centre skills were so useful. I learned so much that prepared me for working here. In my job I work through French and also deal with English speaking customers and I really enjoy working here.

Birikissou Ibrahim, English & IT Skills & Amazon

The English & IT skills course I did here in the College was an important step in my career, because it gave me the opportunity to practice and role-play essential aspects of real life in the English language: telephone calling, meetings, writing of emails, fast completion of assessments, analysis of situations that are not difficult, but appear challenging especially when you need to do this in another language. I am so glad I attended this course.

Davi Moniz, English & IT skills

I often reflect and relive the memories made in College Of Commerce. I enjoyed every single moment I spent there and made friends for life. My friends and I often joke about how we would love to go back and spend another year together in the College Of Commerce. Not only was I educated on my chosen course, I matured as person and I was prepared for 3rd level education. I would highly recommend to anyone who is undecided on their future career path to apply to the college.

Ciara Sheehan, Hospitality Studies & CIT

I returned to full time education in September 2017 to study Business QQI level 5 after spending 20 years in the workforce. My overall experience of studying this course was excellent as it helped me develop an understanding for business and gave me the practical skills to implement into everyday working life. With the help and support from all the lecturers I was encouraged to apply for the ATI Apprenticeship program. I now work for Grant Thornton training to be an accountant and believe I was afforded this opportunity from gaining the knowledge and skill set that College of Commerce provided.

Daniel O'Connell, Business

After completing two years studying Business in the Cork College of Commerce, I am now delighted with my progress. CCOC gave me the confidence and knowledge I have, which helped me to get into my dream course in CIT.

It may take a year extra than everyone else, but it is 100% worth it in the long run.

I believe going to CCOC was the best educational choice I made. I am now in Cork institute of Technology (CIT) studying Business Administration level 7, all thanks to CCOC.

Sinéad O'Sullivan, Business & CIT

When I reflect on my course in Cork College of Commerce I conclude that the experience not only made me a better care giver but also prepared me in unpredictable ways for my career. Before going to Cork College of Commerce to do healthcare assistant course I had done many other courses but unfortunately none of them was fruitful.

Some of the modules were very difficult but with incredibly supportive classmates, and teachers who were nothing short of champions, I was challenged to discover the talent for caring for people who need help with the activities of daily living which I didn’t know I had. That talent has played a central role in my work, as a carer. It is vital to thinking, to planning, to imagination, to communication, and to engagement.

Having been shaped in part by the collegial and creative, yet rigorous, environment at CCOC I found myself able to communicate, innovate, and collaborate in ways that enabled me to build a successful career and eventually to find a rewarding career in a warm nursing home since March immediately after my work experience. In my current role as Healthcare Assistant, I work with the elderly people who need help with ADL and people living with dementia.

I am strengthened every day by the knowledge I developed during my time at CCOC, which will forever continue to develop. It was a wonderful time in my life, and the best educational experience I’ve had. I will definitely recommend this course for people with a passion for caring for people who need help with ADL.

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