final year of college ahead

level 8 degree

Today i was officially offered a place in an IT Management Hons Degree course which is a one year add on to my existing Degree in Applications & Support. That signals the start of College again…

This time next month i’ll be heading up to the college to register and i’ll be starting soon after. Time moves so quickly. This year will be very different. Better surroundings, better equipment, harder course material… i like change though and i’m looking forward to the change of course & getting in to DKIT’s new Carrolls Building.

As for what i’ll get out of this IT Management degree, this is the promise;

As a graduate of this programme you will be able to:

  • plan and deliver quality IT systems and IT services
  • manage the transition to new technologies
  • ensure the integrity of computer and network systems
  • manage the human and budgetary resources in an IT facility
  • be conversant with recent developments in ICT and in a number of specialised computing topics

Because it’s only a year long course, there isn’t much time which is both good and bad. I know i’ll be swamped with work & won’t have as much free time as i have done for the past 3 years. However i can also tell myself it’s “just one year”. Every day that goes by is a day closer to the finish line. In terms of my overall goal, i’m 75% complete (3 of 4 years).

At the end of it all i should be walking away with an Honors Degree in IT Management. 4 years of college done & dusted and thrown in to the real world. Up until now, i’ve always been in some sort of formal education or had some sort of formal education in front of me. This should be my final year of formal education. After that, it’s up to me to educate myself on a day to day basis which i already do…

It’s very difficult for me to see beyond the next 10 months (after i’ve finished up). I’ve plenty of options but no plans. Do i wing it on my own? Do i try to get involved in a start up to gain experience? Do i just machine gun CV’s to anyone who accepts them? Do i jump ship abroad? Loads of decisions ahead but i look forward to the stress they’ll bring…

3 thoughts on “final year of college ahead”

  1. I feel the same as you. I have no idea what to do at the end of this year, i was thinking of going out on my own. But also at the same time i was thinking have a job with someone else would give you a sense of security knowing you will have work for the foreseeable future!

  2. Best of Luck with everything ahead Sean. Going into 3rd year this year and have the option to do the 4th. Planning to do the 4th year because I haven't a clue how im going to get into Web Development when I leave. Best of luck again, Dave .

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