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Dermot Keane
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Ex Dell employee: Now VTOS Learner

Last year, Dermot Keane was made redundant from Dell, having worked there for twelve years both as a general operative and Warehouse Supervisor.  Dermot comes from Janesboro in Limerick and left CBS school at the age of seventeen, one year after his Junior Cert.  Dermot worked in McDonalds, Cruises Street, before moving to Dell in 1998.  Of his time in Dell he says, “Even though I had worked my way up, I didn’t feel I had reached my full potential.  I always wanted to do the Leaving Cert and had made a few attempts at night classes but couldn’t find the time or motivation to stick with it.” 

Dermot’s redundancy from Dell couldn’t have come at a worse time in his life.  He was about to get married and had just bought a new house and had a mortgage to pay.  Despite the bad news, he realised that this was somehow an opportunity that might never come again – he would return to do his Leaving Certificate and continue into Third Level Education.   It was the right time to follow his dream:  “I knew there was only one way to go and that was education. Throughout the years, I never had the courage and didn’t want to leave my job, but now the opportunity presented itself. If I didn’t do it now, I would never do it. I googled ‘Leaving Certificate for adults’ and it brought up ‘VTOS’. I was mad to do Maths especially, to prove to myself that I could get there.”

Dermot has never looked back and is delighted with his decision to return to education. He is now a full-time student on the Limerick City AES VTOS programme at the Limerick Adult Education College in Sexton Street, studying Maths, English, Economics, Business, Biology and History.  “I really love it here.  I was nervous starting off, but then I made a few new friends, and met a few old ones as well!  Things just took off from there.  There’s great banter and it’s a good craic, which helps to relieve the stress.  The teachers have a sense of humour but they still make sure we keep focused on the work.  In the end, it’s up to yourself.  You have to put the effort in, in the evenings. That’s the hardest part, to get down to study.”

Dermot intends to spend just one year in VTOS and has already applied to LIT (Limerick Institute of Technology) to study Internet Systems Development. He will be delighted to get any Computers or Software course at LIT or University of Limerick and would love to work in this field eventually.  

“I have never been happier, finally doing what I always wanted to do even though it was hard leaving Dell.  New doors have opened and I am optimistic for the future.”

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