Hire Our Springboard+ Students

Hire Our Springboard+ Students

Springboard+

Springboard+ is an upskilling initiative in higher education which offers funded courses at degree and postgraduate levels. It is open to any individual who wishes to retrain and upskill in an area where there is a skills gap.

All courses are designed either directly or in conjunction with industry, and each individual coming through will be a work-ready graduate.

It makes good sense to hire a Springboard graduate:

  • Our graduates offer a combination of professional experience and the latest expertise. Many of them are already graduates in other disciplines and all of them have skills and competencies developed over a number of years of work experience. They have already gained significant industry expertise.
  • They are highly motivated to succeed and have demonstrated this by successfully combining demanding work and study schedules in order to progress their careers.
  • It develops strong links with DCU.
  • They will bring new ideas and new perspectives to the workplace.

Microplacements:
Springboard+
students are also available for flexible microplacements. This can range from 1 day per week to a 6 week block and could be ideal for specific short-term projects. 

For further details, contact sheila.barr@dcu.ie

DCU Springboard Graduates 2020:

 Certificate in Computer Programming (Level 8)

Graduates in the Certificate in Computer Programming will have knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of programming, including IT and web technology, as well as object-oriented programming with Java.

This includes:

IT and Web Technology:

  • Hardware and Software fundamentals
  • Operating systems
  • HTML5 CSS3, web design and UX
  • Mobile web development, SEO and Search
  • Programming, functions and data structures with JavaScript
  • Server side development with Python
  • Deploying web applications via Linux to the Cloud.

Object-oriented programming with Java:

  • Using and manipulating data types
  • Writing Java code
  • Call and use methods in Java
  • Using array and array lists in Java
  • Using the Standard Java Library
  • Building object-oriented programmes in Java
  • Using UML

Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Using Scrum methodology
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Certificate in Computer Programming to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture Creation (Level 8)

DCU's Level 8 Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture Creation develops knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to entrepreneurship and systems analysis.  On completion of this programme students will have much sought after expertise in software systems together with honed creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

Specifically, students of the Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture Creation will have:

  • An in-depth knowledge of software engineering methodologies
  • Developed skills in systems planning and analysis
  • DevOPs
  • Project management capabilities (PRINCE 2)
  • Agile, Extreme Programming, Scrum and Lean
  • The skills to create, develop and start a new enterprise
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Emerging ICT / IS technologies and applications
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in areas like:

  • Systems Analysis and Architecture
  • IT systems and support
  • Website Development and Optimisation
  • Project Management

Student Availability:

Students are available for interview from May for a placement commencing in June/July/August

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Certificate in Software Systems and New Venture Creation to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Certificate in User Experience (Level 8)

Graduates with the Certificate in User Experience will be trained in the use of web-related applications which enhance users’ online experience (UX) and support user interaction (UI).  

This includes:

Interaction Design:

  • User-centred Design
  • Usability Assessments on Interactive Systems
  • User Experience from socio-cultural and ecological perspectives
  • Social and Organisational processes in interaction design and evaluation.

User Experience Design:

  • User cognition and design
  • User affect and design
  • Designing to support user communication
  • Designing to support users in groups
  • Designing to support users in organisations.

Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Certificate in User Experience to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Graduate Certificate in the Internet of Things (Level 9)

Graduates in this programme will have knowledge, skills and competence in the key areas of real-time signal processing, data analysis and machine learning, embedded systems and network programming.

This includes:

  • Data Analysis and Machine Learning
    • Data management and processing
    • Summarization
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Python programming
  • High speed Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
    • Practical applications of modern DSP approaches
    • Real time engineering systems
    • Embedded systems and DSP
    • Hardware for DSP and DSP programmable architecture
  • Network Stack Implementation
  • Object-oriented programming for engineers

Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in the following areas:

  • IoT, IT security and Network security
  • Software Development in Java, C++, Python
  • Network programming and OS (EG Linux, Open Source)
  • Machine Learning, Data Analytics and Real-Time Data Acquisition and Processing.

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in the Internet of Things to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence (Level 9)

The Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence will provide aspiring AI engineers with the skills, theory and competence they require to develop in the role, including how the foundations and techniques of AI can be practised in a business setting.

These include:

  • A foundational understanding of the AI field
  • Modules in: Statistical Data Analysis, Machine Learning, and Data Mining
  • Applying AI to individual projects
  • Evaluating project needs and developing appropriate AI solutions

 Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in the following areas:

  • Analysing projects suitable for machine learning solutions
  • Applying data mining techniques to enhance productivity
  • Validating results using statistical techniques
  • Critically evaluating proposed AI solutions

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Artifical Intelligence to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

Graduate Certificate in EU Law and Policy (Level 9)

Graduates will have expertise in a variety of EU law and public policy areas with an emphasis on the ability to undertake truly in-depth analysis of key policy challenges and legal issues. 

This includes:

  • Public policy analysis – the analysis of policy proposals for likely impacts
  • Instruments available to policy makers and consideration of implementation in policy design
  • The impact on health, education, transport and emergent technologies
  • Fundamentals of European Employment Law
  • EU Institutional Law
  • The interaction between the EU and national legal orders

In addition, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in the following areas:

  • Engaging in legal and policy advice across a wide range of fields impacted by European Law and Policy including Brexit.
  • As a legal or policy specialist in the NGO sector, navigating EU law and policy.

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in EU Law and Policy to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Graduate Certificate in Translation Technology (Level 9)

Graduates in this course will have advanced technical training in translation technology, computerised terminology and translation theory.  The course was designed in close collaboration with professional bodies such as the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association, EU organisations and the Translation industry.  

There is a strong practical and professional dimension, including:

  • Specialist technologies used in the translation industry such as Translation Memory, Machine Translation, and Post-Editing
  • Data management when assessing and utilising bilingual data to build Machine Translation systems
  • Terminology management systems, term extraction tools and corpus processing tools such as SDL Multiterm and Sketch Engine
  • Linguistic, functional and cognitive explorations of translation and their applications in the profession

Graduates will be work-ready in the following areas:

  • Translation and related Language Service Industry roles
  • Localisation Industry

Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Technical skills and data literacy

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Translation Technology to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Graduate Certificate in Management of Operations (Level 9)

This programme enables students to grow into senior Operations Management roles in technology-intensive organisations, manufacturing, supply chain management, the financial services sector and services organisations.  

Study areas covered include:

  • Project and Change Management
    • Risk Assessment
    • Managing Change
  • Sustainable Business
    • Business and the Environment
    • Strategic Management
  • Management of Operations
    • Operations Strategy
    • Service Management
  • Evidence-based Evaluation and Entrepreneurship
    • Research Methods
    • Legal Framework
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Analysis and Informatics
  • Social Context of Information and Internet Systems
  • Transport and Logistics.

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in the following areas:

  • Project Management
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Transport and Logistics

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Management of Operations to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Graduate Certificate in Management of Information Systems Strategy (Level 9)

Information systems are at the core of all leading edge enterprises.  The effective, efficient and safe management of systems is now mission critical.  Graduates in ISS have the knowledge to manage in an environment where IS both drives and serves business.  They
will align Information Strategy with the overall business strategy and contribute to ongoing Information Strategy development. 

Graduates will understand the role IS/IT plays in an organisation’s innovation, management and administration.  They will also have a critical awareness of current challenges and new insights associated with the management of IS in high technology manufacturing or services environments.  

Study areas covered include:

  • Decisions Systems Strategy
  • Strategic Technical Management
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Project and Change Management
    • Risk Assessment
    • Managing Change
  • Sustainable Business
    • Business and the Environment
    • Strategic Management
  • Evidence-based Evaluation and Entrepreneurship
    • Research Methods
    • Legal Framework

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in the following areas:

  • Management of Information Systems
  • Managing Information Systems Projects
  • Strategic Management of Information
  • Risk assessment in Information Systems

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Management of Information Systems Strategy to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Graduate Certificate in Management of Internet Enterprise Systems (Level 9)

Students / Graduates can manage and apply key IS strategies to organisations.  The programme combines an overview of the strategic application and management of these technologies with an investigation of the underpinning technological principles, and how selected societal and commercial issues relate to their use and management.

Study areas covered include:

  • Internet Technologies
    • Cloud and Web 2.0
    • Internet Systems Infrastructure
    • Internet Applications
  • Project and Change Management
    • Risk Assessment
    • Managing Change
  • Sustainable Business
    • Business and the Environment
    • Strategic Management
  • Evidence-based Evaluation and Entrepreneurship
    • Research Methods
    • Legal Framework

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in the following areas:

  • Social Networks
  • Cloud Computing
  • Internet Applications

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Management of Internet Enterprise Systems to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

Higher Diploma in Management of Information Technologies (2 years, Level 8)

Graduates of this programme will have highly developed international management skills, with a particular focus on Information Technology (IT).  These skills will apply to most management functions, including project management, transport and logistics, freight, financial services, supply chain, demand, risk, business analysis and operational best practice.

Business Information Systems

  • Enterprise systems
  • Business Intelligence
  • IT infrastructure planning
  • Project Management
  • Managing emerging technologies

Managing IT for Business Success

  • IT Strategy and Planning
  • IT Operational Processes
  • Managing IT-related change
  • The IT regulatory environment
  • IT security and governance

Managing the Digital Landscape

  • E-Retailing
  • E-Marketing
  • E-CRM
  • E-Government
  • B2B
  • E Procurement

Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Management of Information Technologies to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

 Higher Diploma in Software Development (Level 8)

The objective of the Higher Diploma in Science – Software Development is to augment the expertise of non-computing graduates working in IT through learning key software development techniques and skills.  These include:

  • Web technologies from client to server and with respect to toolsets, languages and user experience
  • Programming with Java, including object-oriented techniques, algorithms, test-driven development and working in an Agile way
  • Database design, including fundamentals of SQL and data-modelling, use of MySQL, database management and Big Data and NoSQL
  • Mobile application development using source control / versioning, optimization, web APIs and developing and presenting a work-based project.

Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Our graduates are ‘work-ready’ in the following areas:

  • Java development
  • Agile environment
  • Web helpdesk (.NET development in C# and SQL)
  • Mobile application development
  • Website Development and Optimisation
  • Databases and systems design and development

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Software Development to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie

Higher Diploma in Interaction Design (Level 8)

Graduates in this two-year diploma course will have knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of computing as well as enhancing users’ online experience and supporting user interaction.

This includes:

Fundamentals of computing, web technologies and programming:

  • Operating Systems
  • HTML, CSS3, web design and UX
  • Mobile web development, SEO and Search
  • Javascript
  • Server side development with PHP

Interaction design:

  • User cognition and design
  • User effect and design
  • Design and use of interactive systems
  • Human / computer interaction
  • User research.

Additionally, graduates will have the following skills:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong self-direction skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Presentation skills

Please send details of opportunities for Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Interaction Design to: sheila.barr@dcu.ie