Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

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Tara Walsh

Entertainment Reporter

2018 Graduate Tara Walsh 

My name is Tara Walsh and I’m the entertainment reporter for SPIN 1038 and SPIN South West. I also present my own show every Saturday from 3pm to 7pm on SPIN 1038.

My job involves writing on-air entertainment news bulletins and presenting them live every hour across the day. In addition to this, I write entertainment articles for both station’s websites. 

I began my career in radio as a student at Ballyfermot College of Further Education in 2016.

At that time I knew absolutely no one in the industry and I had very little experience in broadcasting. Thanks to my amazing lecturers, I made contacts in the industry and managed to get my foot in the door. 

In my final year, I did my Erasmus to 89.7 Bay Radio in Malta, the number one station there

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCFMsgL79Aw

I can’t recommend this college highly enough

Simon OLeary

Simon O’Leary

Reporter and Producer

2018 Graduate Simon O’Leary 

I really found my feet during the two year radio course as it was so hands on and practical. 

I did Media & Broadcasting Diploma (MND) then Radio Programming & Production Diploma Level 6 Higher National Diploma (MRH) course and then Media Production Management BA Degree all in BCFE

The lecturers are so encouraging and supportive of work placements and they have the network to help you get your foot in the door of Ireland’s biggest broadcasters. It’s so important to put the theory learned in lectures into practice in the workplace as it’s the only way to get a start in the industry. Ballyfermot is so encouraging of this and I’ll always be forever grateful for their drive to get me into the workplace.

I’m now living in London and freelance as a producer for Sky News and Channel 4 News. I’m currently a reporter and producer on the BBC’s flagship day time news programme, The Victoria Derbyshire programme which airs each weekday on BBC Two and the News Channel.

See my BBC TV Report here

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07tcsfv

Jessica Maciel

Jessica Maciel

Radio Presenter & Producer

I’m Jessica and I did the Radio Programming & Production Diploma Level 6 Higher National Diploma (MRH) course and then Media Production Management BA Degree.

Since I graduated in September 2018, I have been able to use all of the skills that I got from my radio course to help me progress in the industry. 

The 3 years I spent in the college helped me to open up as a person and meet and network with new people. Having lecturers that have worked in the industry was such a huge advantage and really prepared me for what was to come. 

I did my Erasmus in Spirit Radio in Helsinki, Finland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-dQ9B8iDgQ

I am now a Radio Presenter & Producer working with Spin 1038, 98FMToday FM and BBC Radio 1

Agnes Kennedy 

Administrator

I attended BCFE  in 2015 and as a stay home mum for 10 years, returning to education as a mature student was a massive step.  I shouldn’t have worried though. As from the moment I went to the open evening and attended for interview, I knew that Business, Office and Administration Studies (BOS) at BCFE was the course for me.  The teachers I met were friendly and open and this continued throughout the year.   They worked hard to help everyone achieve their full potential and were always very approachable.

The course was great for gaining business knowledge and office skills applicable to today’s workplace.  It helped me build my confidence and make many new friends. During the course I also completed a work placement at the Research Development Offices in Maynooth University. This was a fantastic experience and allowed me to use the skills that I had gained during the course.

After finishing the BOS course I immediately entered the workplace by securing a position in Peamount Healthcare.  I work for the Director of Nursing and my role here is varied and challenging but by completing BOS it gave me the confidence needed to apply for this post and the skills to succeed.

I had a fantastic year at BCFE and I realised that all the hard work had paid off when I put on my gown & mitre and collected my Certificate at the Graduation Ceremony. This is one of my happiest and proudest days and a memory I will always cherish. Thank you BCFE.

James Geraghty

Second Year Student on Business HND

I decided to study at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) because of its excellent reputation as a college whose main goal is to ensure all students leave with the best qualifications possible. The reason I chose the Business, Office and Administration programme was because it is a great course for building the skills and the knowledge needed to work in a business environment. It has also allowed me to learn more about myself and what I am capable of doing.  After completing this one-year programme I progressed on to the Higher National Diploma Level 6 in Business (BHND) where I am currently in my second year. I also intend on continuing to Degree level in Business in the future. I believe my year in BOS has prepared me for the BHND as it provided a solid foundation for this higher level Diploma. The staff are experts in their field of study and are always willing to provide assistance to students who need it.

The BOS course has provided me with the confidence I needed to know what I want to do in my life and future career and it set me on the right path.  I recommend BCFE and the BOS course to anyone who is interested in working in an office or Business environment and to those looking for a more practical business course.

Ginte Sipaviciute

Car Sales

In 2015, I decided that to be successful in life I needed to have a good job/career and to secure this I needed the right qualification. After researching available courses I decided to do Business, Office and Administration (BOS) in Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE).

Having originally left secondary school after 3rd year, I thought it would be quite hard getting back into education. However, when I started the one-year BOS course in September 2015, I couldn’t have been happier. The teachers were so helpful and they made everything so easy to understand.

As part of this course, students also have the opportunity to complete a two week work (experience) placement in an office environment. I chose to do mine in the Toyota garage in Ashbourne. This went very well and I was even offered a job in reception when I finished my course. After a couple of months of working on reception, I moved to car sales, where I am still currently employed. I have my own office, business cards and everything else that I didn’t expect to have before I started the BOS course.

I am absolutely delighted that I chose the Business Office and Administration programme in Ballyfermot College as it is the reason why I have my current career. I highly recommend this College and this course.

Noel Aungier. TELEVISION AND DIGITAL FILM Graduate

Noel Aungier

HND in Film Production Student

In 2015 I began my first course in BCFE in Television and Digital Film (ITC). It
had been 15 years since I was last in full time education and as a mature student I
was unsure how I would fare. The course gave me an introduction to many elements
of film making, from photography and editing to screen writing and live TV
production.

I found the teaching staff to be friendly, dedicated and highly skilled. BCFE gave me
the skills needed to produce the stories I wanted to tell, and the skills I learnt enabled me to progress to the HND in Film Production (IFH).

Two of the highlights of my year were our end of year exhibition of our films and
photography and being given the opportunity of producing a live studio piece in the
college.

My first short film as Director/Writer film “Trixie” was selected by the college to
represent BCFE in The Royal Television Society Awards for the Republic of Ireland
and I am very pleased to have received the Student award for Best Comedy &
Entertainment. It was an unbelievable moment and I will always be grateful to BCFE
for giving me the skills and confidence to express my sense of humour visually and
creatively.

laura jordan

Laura Jordan

Textile Artist

I graduated in 2014 with a HND in Fibre Art and Textile Design from BCFE. I loved this Fibre Art Course, it was absolutely amazing! It was challenging, rewarding and an excellent learning experience. The tutors were fantastic, really helpful and approachable with any queries about assignments. Year 1 is all about drawing, design, sampling various techniques, visual notebooks and developing ideas. Year 2 is more self-directed as each student can focus on their favourite techniques that they sampled in Year 1. They can combine, create and explore these ideas further. At the end of Year 2, students get the opportunity to showcase some of their pieces at an Exhibition. Since graduating, I’ve been running my own business selling Textile wall art and commissioned pieces. I am almost three years into my career now and I am eternally grateful to the college for all the skills and knowledge I gained. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with a passion for art, design, learning and fun!

See Laura’s work on her website www.laurajordan.ie

claudine tierney

Claudine Tierney

Student

I have spent the last three academic years in BCFE. During this time I completed the HND in Fibre Art (Textile Design & Fine Art). As a mature student I found the college to be very accommodating. I have had an enormous amount of support during this time with coordinators and staff. I feel that I have gained a large collection of skills along the way and having the opportunity to develop these and experiment with different mediums has helped me to grow in knowledge and confidence. After a difficult year I take away with me the knowledge that I can further my education or further my skills and use them to the best of my ability. I feel I am very lucky to have learned about professional practice during this time and how valuable and useful this will be in my chosen career. I feel that we were given excellent support and all teachers offered new and exciting ways at looking at each subject.

See Claudine’s work on behance and instagram.

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