Student Profile: Freedom to change courses was ideal for Jessica

Student Profile: Freedom to change courses was ideal for Jessica
Jessica Healy

During my Leaving Certificate, I changed my mind every week about what I wanted to do in college, eventually I decided that Engineering in NUI Galway was the course for me.

Originally I wanted to do Biomedical Engineering but I knew the year of my Leaving Certificate the points would jump, and I was afraid I wouldn’t get the points, however I decided to choose Undenomindated Engineering as I thought it would be more beneficial to do a broad course and then decide after what it was I wanted to specialise in. Which turned out to be one of the best decisions I made.

I don’t know how it works in other colleges but in Galway everyone in first year Engineering does the same course and everyone gets to choose at the end of the year what course they would like to specialise in, even if they came in one a specific discipline they could still change their course choice if they realised the course they picked wasn’t for them.

At the end of first year, I put Electronic & Computer Engineering as my first choice, but after a few weeks into the first semester of second year I realised that it was not the course for me.

I really struggled with deciding what I was I wanted to do and being away from home makes those decisions harder because you don’t know who to talk to.

Luckily the staff and lecturers in the College of Engineering & Informatics were very helpful and I talked to a few of them about how I felt the course was not for me.

NUI Galway also has a Career Development Centre where there are trained staff members to give guidance to anyone who may be struggling with their course or their career path.

After talking to some staff members and writing a few emails I was allowed transfer into Civil Engineering where I am currently completing my third-year placement with a Consulting Engineering company and I couldn’t be happier.

The only regret I have is not moving earlier. I am now due to complete my final year next year and if you told me back in first year that I would have gotten this far I would have laughed because I really contemplated dropping out and considered doing a completely different college course.

The moral of the story is, if the CAO offers don’t go your way, don’t worry because it will all work out in the end.

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