Adult Literacy – from the learner perspective
VTOS Dungarvan Testimonial
To whom it may concern
As a former adult student at VTOS Dungarvan I am writing to tell you of my experience and how my life has changed since then.
My name is Michael Fraher and my return to education started in September 2010. I began a two year Business Studies (QQI Level 5) at VTOS Dungarvan. I can still remember my first class. The tutor, Aileen O’ Connor, told us all about the course contents and requirements. To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement. It had been 17 years since I left school. I thought there was no way I would be able for it. However I took it one day at a time and opened myself up to this new challenge.
At VTOS under the guidance of the lecturers I began to change my life with new skills that would become the corner stone of my new career. I learned different subjects from Communications, Information Technology Skills, to eBusiness. I discovered a whole new world that was both exciting and challenging at times. During this time I developed a real interest in the manual and computerised accounts side of the course. In those 2 years I successfully completed each module which at times was difficult.VTOS gave me confidence and ability to embark on a new road and the challenges that lay ahead.
Towards the end the lecturers supported me in applying for college and I was awarded a place at Waterford Institute of Technology on a 3 year Accounting Degree. I am pleased to say that I graduated with honours from WIT in October 2015.
Today I am employed with Ernst & Young, one of the “Big 4” accounting firms. I would not have achieved this without VTOS. I know that most people are frightened at the thought of going back to education. However VTOS gave me the skills and drive to embrace change and make a new life for myself. In the future I would love to return to VTOS as a lecturer and support students like I was. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at VTOS and especially to Clodagh Connors who told me to always do my best.
I would encourage anyone to consider developing their skills and learning new ones with VTOS Dungarvan. And remember the first step is always the hardest.