Finbar Murphy

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Choosing this course was easy for me. With a relative who previously studied Actuarial Mathematics in DCU, I knew a lot more about my course than any college brochure could describe. The high level of mathematics coupled with a strong relevant work placement was also a driving force behind my decision. In today’s job market, it felt wise to leave with a universally well-regarded degree, together with some relevant experience under my belt.

Developing a wider skill set

The biggest surprise for me about college was how much I loved getting involved, from working on the Student’s Union as a class representative to my involvement in societies. This is just as important to your personal growth as any work experience is. Working as part of a team, interpersonal skills, communications, organising events and creating a network are invaluable skills going into the modern workplace. 

I’d advise any Leaving Cert student to try everything at college and get involved as much as you can. Not only will you make friends along the way, but graduate employers look for this experience as much as they look at grades. 

I’m not sure what I’ll do next, but whatever is to come, I feel prepared for it from my time in DCU. Uncertainty is a part of life, as we all learned from the pandemic. Studying a course won’t change that nor should it. Learning and personal growth is not something that ends once you finish full time education.

Finbar Murphy - Class of 2021

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