Written by rehabadmin - 16 August 2018 - 2018 Blogs

Michael Keating from Ruan, Clare, regretted leaving school early and was unsure what to do before coming to Clare National Learning Network. Michael has built-up his confidence, completed a media production course, and is one step closer to becoming a sports journalist.
I didn’t finish school and after leaving I went on to do a couple of different Community Employment (CE) schemes. I regretted not taking school seriously. I started looking for direction and advice as to how to progress. I came to a stage in my life when I decided that I wanted to have a professional career in the future.

Because I didn’t complete my Leaving Cert, I needed a new route to achieve my goal which was journalism with a particular interest in sport. When I went researching what to do next, I came across information on National Learning Network. I visited the Ennis office and my new career started from there. I was given a choice to go on a trial period, but I knew immediately there was no need because I knew it was the right course for me to move forward. I have never looked back since.

As far as my career aspirations go, joining NLN as a student was the most important and positive choice I ever made. I completed Level 3 Introductory Skills in August 2017, and also a module in the evenings in Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE). I achieved an Outstanding Achievement Award from NLN.

Doing this has given me the confidence to apply to LCFE where, this month, I graduated from the Level 5 course with very respectable results. I have now been accepted onto Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Media Production and Radio. I feel I will achieve this because I now feel more self-assured and confident in myself. Also, I will check out any supports that are available to me through LCFE and avail of these.

My eventual goal is to become a sports journalist or correspondent. I couldn’t have done this without the help of NLN.”

If you are finishing school and unsure what to do next or need a little support to get back to education and to get a job, NLN has a range of courses to suit you, just go to or phone 1890 283 000

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