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Oulwans At College is an essential guide to surviving college as a mature student with 3 contributors which from hereon in will be lovingly referred to as “the Oulwans”. Our guide will be informative, fun and quintessentially Irish.
Our first Oulwan is Grumpe, AKA Alan. The elder lemon of the group, Alan is 54 years young and married to the lovely Cathy. They have 3 grown up sons who are all in their 20’s! Alan was made redundant from his job in the past year and as we have all experienced on some level over the past couple of years is that ageism is well and truly alive and well when trying to get back into the workplace. Alan had some good advice for himself following his negative experiences with recruitment agencies and various companies. “Feck them.” Wise words indeed! With a wealth of experience Alan has now decided to go down the route of setting up his own business. With setting up a business these days it is vital that digital marketing plays a key part of any successful venture. With this in mind Alan decided to pursue a qualification in digital marketing which brought him to the doors of the National College of Ireland back in September with our other 2 Oulwans!
Our second Oulwan is Crazy, AKA Aoife. Aoife is 39 years old, married to the wonderful John and who have 2 chislers, Saoirse who is aged 5 and Riain who is 2. Aoife studied Health & Fitness after secondary school and pursued a higher diploma in Business Management which led her down the career path of Gym & Sales Management for 8 years. She then went into the area of fundraising for non-profit organisations. Her daughter was born in 2010 with a complex heart defect which was life changing for the young family. As a result Aoife had to give up working full time and became involved in the charity Heart Children Ireland who helps families with young children who have similar conditions as little Saoirse. Developing a calendar fundraising project with her husband through the charity they have since raised €120,000. A big part of the success of the fundraising was due to marketing the calendar online and in particular though social media. This gave Aoife the drive to pursue Digital Marketing at NCI which she hopes can help her kick start a career in this ever growing area.
Our third and final Oulwan is Contrary, AKA Brendan. Brendan is 37 years old, is not married nor does he have any children but he has a cockatiel named Rocky and a Brazilian boyfriend named Gustavo! Brendan has had a rollercoaster few years career wise. Following being made redundant from his much loved [“I get loads of free PS3 games.”] job at Sony PlayStation in 2012 he has worked in event management in the UK at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and in British Colombia, Canada revisiting his old Ticketmaster roots managing events at a number of venues in downtown Vancouver. Upon returning home from Canada Brendan took to writing and had his first novel published in 2014 which became an Irish Times bestseller charting at number 8 in the Irish book charts. Unless you are Dan Brown producing a bestseller unfortunately does not make for a steady wage never mind any sort of wealth despite its success! Brendan worked freelance at a number of festivals since but has struggled to get back into full time permanent employment. He was heavily involved in the marketing of his novel and subsequent merchandise store following its release and decided this was an area he would like to pursue. How best to do this? Become an Oulwan at college!