Aoife - Computing/Media
"When I started my Computing course in 2014, I had no idea how I would cope with the amount of college work to be done, not to mind the work placement and assignments, but once I started, everything fell into place. The ITT has such a friendly and comfortable environment that I felt myself becoming more confident as a person over the years. I love the fact that the classes are small and all the lecturers are very friendly and that they know everybody by name.
The lecturers are always ready to help students and are willing to make time if we have a problem. I have made so many friends inside and outside of my course that I will definitely keep in touch with after I graduate. In my third year of college, I got the opportunity to go on an internship with a great company and I loved every minute of it.
College life at ITT was definitely an experience I will remember for the rest of my life."
Damien Moran - Computing
"I am currently an Assistant Manager with Deloitte in the enterprise Risk Services department. I specialise in the provision of information security consultancy services to our clients, providing services such as information security program development, security assessments, ethical hacking, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, application security reviews and secure architecture design.
My experience of IT, Tralee was very positive, with many great lecturers, excellent facilities, well structured courses, good links with industry and the opportunity of valuable real world work experience which was of great benefit to my career. IT, Tralee provided me with an excellent grounding in Information Technology that has been of great help in my career to date. IT, Tralee had cutting edge facilities, the people were great, it was well resourced and the social life was always fun!"
Alen Lovric - Games Development
"The on-point curriculum, great lecturers and helpful support staff have helped me tremendously on starting an exciting career in software development. I have nothing but the fondest memories of my 3 years at IT Tralee."
David O'Connor - Games Development
"I have been very happy with my choice of both course and institution. In choosing the IT Tralee, I have chosen a college with great lecturers and an environment conducive to study. The content here is highly interesting and can change due to evolution in the industry. All the lecturers have been more than willing to help with any queries I have with regards to course content. I would highly recommend ITT to anyone thinking of studying here."
Gary Browne - Computing/Media
"I am currently a third year student studying Software Development. Although it was a tough decision committing myself to 4 years in college, I can honestly say that it has been the best decision I have made. The support the lecturers have given me has been immense and they have always been available both during and outside of lecture hours for any support I have needed. I could not recommend IT Tralee highly enough."
Glen Curran - Media
"What course, what college, what level? These are just some of the questions you're faced with when it comes to third level education. As a mature student this was list was even scarier with thoughts of being too old and past my use by date.
Now I'm a third year studying Computing and to put it simply I don't regret a single decision I've made when it comes to college life. The course content changes to match industry expectations, the lecturers will bend over backwards to help any student who gives an honest effort.
This is to say nothing of the friends I've made who for better or for worse will be friends for life."
Emma Higginson - TV, Radio and Media Studies
Why did you choose this course?
I chose the course because I always had an interest in media, publishing and broadcasting. The course was broad enough so that I could try my hand at many different disciplines but the subjects were also related. I figured it would give me a good bearing on the media industry in general while I was still able to specialise through electives.
What attracted you to IT, Tralee?
The IT has a good reputation and the campus is well equipped. The TV and Radio studios were accessible, as was the equipment.
How relevant was this course to your current work?
The course and particularly my work experience in third year was very relevant to me starting my company Webel Media. Covering subjects like law and business administration in college has come in very useful at times.
Any advice for someone thinking about going to IT, Tralee?
I'd advise people to just go for it, get stuck in academically and enjoy it. Make the most of the events and sports on and off campus because everyone misses college when it's over.
Steve Clifford - BA (Hons) Music Technology - 2nd Year
"I chose Music Technology at IT, Tralee because of the broad range of modules and the state of the art facilities that allowed me to produce and record industry standard recordings. Music Technology also introduced me to music theory as a foundation for music production. The practical element of course is very enjoyable. The lecturers are also very friendly and approachable and this creates an enjoyable learning atmosphere.
I am a member and currently Chairperson of the Music Society. The Music Society runs Open Mic nights and there are several lunchtime concerts scheduled throughout the year in North Campus. I’ve enjoyed being a part of different societies and an officer of the students union. I was able to meet new people and make lots of new friends. I would suggest everyone to get involved with as much activities possible and enjoy the nightlife that Tralee has to offer!
If you are thinking about coming to Tralee then I would suggest two things, come to the Open Day and take a trip down town. Take in as much of the college/campus and surrounding area. Then you can decide whether Tralee is the place for you to earn your degree. I haven’t looked back."
Nuala and Catriona - Bachelor of Business (Honours)
Why did you both choose this course?
Catriona: We both enjoyed Business as a subject in school and personally, I felt it would give me a number of future career options through the broad range of modules. The choice of three different streams i.e. accounting, marketing or management with specialisation in one area for the final years of the course, gives students a chance to experience elements of all areas before making a choice based on performance and experience in the first two years.
What attracted you to IT, Tralee?
Nuala: It is a local College close to home. Some of our friends and cousins have been past students and all had positive stories. On open day the staff and student buddies were very friendly and helpful.
What do you think of IT, Tralee?
Catriona: There is a great atmosphere in the College. The staff are very helpful, friendly and approachable. The student services, careers office and access office are brilliant.
Nuala: The lecturers are very helpful if you need to ask them anything. There are a great range of activities and societies you can get involved in.
Tell us about the facilities in the college:
Caitriona: The new library facilities are excellent with brilliant online resources and project rooms for group study within the library. The Cube reading room is a lovely area where it is easy to carry out online research and is a central focal point for all students.
Nuala: IT, Tralee has a range of support facilities available if you need them and wonderful canteen facilities!
Louise Brosnan - BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts
"I began my journey as a student in the I.T Tralee in 2004 when I joined the Higher Certificate in Professional Cookery. This was a 2 year course which was a great starting tool which provided students with culinary abilities and knowledge such as knife skills, Food Nutrition and Food Science, Gastronomy to name a few. During these 2 years I took part in some culinary competitions with the college. We entered a team event in the Educater competition where we took part in a cooking challenge and took second place for starter and first for our dessert. In 2006 I had the opportunity to enter the Bord Bia Irish Pork competition and made it through to the finals in Dublin Institute of Technology where I was proud to claim 1st place.
I decided to return to college a few years later to purse a BA in Culinary Arts. This course was more focused on academia rather than culinary and provided me with knowledge of kitchen management, contemporary cuisine, food product development and statistics.
On graduation, I joined the Global Village Restaurant in Dingle as Chef de Partie. The restaurant has a strong belief in using local ingredients and Irish produce, a belief that I share. Whilst working in the Global Village I had the opportunity to take part in a programme on TG4 called Mi na Mealla and the following year I was asked if I would participate in a programme called O Cuisine where chefs from around Ireland would present and cook a 3 course meal in Irish.
In 2014 I returned to IT, Tralee for the third time to complete the BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts.
This year I entered a team event in the annual Catex competition in Cook/Serve along with 5 other students and an individual event of Irish Pork. The college did very well at this event taking home several certificates of Merit, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze. We received a bronze in our team event and I got silver for the pork dish.
I am currently still working in the Global Village which has received many accolades in the last few years such as Best Emerging Irish Cuisine in the Restaurant Association of Ireland awards in 2013 and Best restaurant in Kerry of the same year. The restaurant appears on the Michelin guide and Lucinda O Sullivan’s best places to eat listing.
The education and opportunities I have received from the I.T in Tralee will stay with me forever and will always be looked at as the back bone of my career. A special thanks to the lecturers for that in particular the Head of Department Chef T.J O’ Connor."
Mark Murphy - Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery
"I graduated from IT, Tralee in 00 having completed the Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery. The college gave me an appetite for the industry and really pushes students to be the best in their field. I was lucky enough to receive a Johnson and Wales Scholarship to Rhode Island in the States and I know the experience that I received in IT, Tralee has and will definitely stand to me in this profession."