Student of Construction Management
ATU Galway City
In school, I liked practical classes like metalwork and woodwork, but I’m dyslexic and generally disliked school, studying and all that goes with that.
When thinking about going to college ATU Galway City seemed like a good option for its mixture of lectures, practical classes and work placement opportunities.
Initially, I started another course in college. But after spending my summer in New York on a J1 visa working in construction, I knew I had found my path and decided to change my course to construction management.
Time in college goes by so quickly, and it’s important to enjoy it but remember it’s a balancing act between the academic and the social aspects!
The lecturers were always approachable and supportive in class and for projects; I found this helpful.
As a dyslexic student, you have so many supports, from help with coursework to read-write software and extra time during exams. No issue is too big or small, you only need to ask.
One of the highlights of the course was my work placement with JJ Rhatigan & Co as a Junior Site Manager on the Presentation College in Athenry project.
Since graduation, I have been working as a Junior Manager with DKS Construction in the States. When I return to Ireland, I plan to apply for a master’s in Building Information Modelling with Applied Management.