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Erin Changes Direction from Art degree to HNC Computing

Erin Devenney completed a BA Hons in Fine Art and discovered quite quickly that she really didn't want to be an artist, a teacher or to stay in an administration role for the rest of her life. She knew she needed to do something more satisfying and thought provoking.
Erin commented: “I had a look online at the Belfast Met courses and noticed the HNC Computing and Systems Development course. I didn’t think I would have the skills or confidence initially, but when I went down to the college for more information I was reassured and decided to apply.”

Erin started the HNC in September 2014 and found that she had no knowledge of some of the topics. However, with the support of her tutors and peers, combined with self-study, she successfully completed her first year and was in a position to apply for her first IT role. After some interviews she was finally successful.
Erin completed her HNC in 2016 with a distinction. “I was over the moon and couldn't believe I was able to transition from a Fine Art degree into the world of computing.” Erin added.
“The company I started with was very supportive of my studies and encouraged me to continue. They funded me during my CCNA course (part-time) which I completed successfully at Belfast Met. This was very beneficial in my role as it helped me to gain a better understanding and practical experience working with networks.

“I’ve gained so much valuable knowledge and industry recognised certifications through Belfast Met. I would highly recommend the courses which have given me a strong foundation and level of skill and confidence to succeed in an innovative field and enabled me to further a career in the IT industry.”

Erin has recently been offered a place on the MSc Masters in Data Science course at Ulster University. Her experience studying the topics covered in the HNC course, together with knowledge and competence accrued through employment, has enabled Erin to embrace this new challenge

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