The Springboard+ HCI Pillar 1 initiative provides free and subsidised higher education courses delivered by education providers across Ireland. We work closely with industry leaders to develop courses that provide the skills, knowledge and qualifications that are in demand in growing sectors across Ireland.
You could be eligible for a free or subsidised course whether you’re currently employed and seeking to progress in your career; formerly self-employed or unemployed and keen to reskill to explore new opportunities; a graduate interested in gaining a sector specific qualification; or you’re looking to return to the workforce after a career break caring for family or loved ones.
Wherever you’re starting from, a Springboard+ or HCI Pillar 1 course will provide the #SkillsThatWork for your future. We sat down with past learner, Julien Goux to discuss his experience.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I came from a marketing background, with Dublin Institute of Technology. I used to work for Ebay, Deutsche Bank then with Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM). I was made redundant in January 2019 so, I did a Certificate in Fund Accounting with Dublin Business School from April 2019 to October 2019 and that helped me to join Societe Generale Bank in IFSC, in Dublin, in June 2019.
At a later stage, when my role as a contractor with Social Generale was finished, I completed another Springboard+ course with Irish Times Training in partnership with Ulster University. I did a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Markets with Financial Risk Management (which is ranked as a Level 9 in the Republic of Ireland) starting back in February 2020 and I graduated on Friday 9th July 2021.
Why did you decide to do a Springboard+ course?
I did the courses because I needed to find a new role in finance and banking quickly. I also wanted to show employers that I was willing and able to upskill in order to perform to the best of my ability in the finance industry. I later joined Compliance Solutions Strategies for 7 months, and I’ve recently joined a finance consultancy firm in Dublin.
What was the experience like?
Because I went back to university at 42 and because COVID-19 restrictions made it necessary to study online, I found it challenging at the beginning. But with the support from staff, the facilities available online, and the help from lecturers, I was able to adapt.
It is a big challenge as a someone returning to study when you have other responsibilities to balance - I had to continue to pay my mortgage. When you are financially free you have tremendous opportunities. However, I was delighted that I was eligible for a fully funded Springboard+ course. I was always in Finance and Banking – but I did not have the relevant qualifications at that time. Now I am seen as more of a senior experienced professional than when I started working in the banking industry.
What’s next for you?
Because I have now achieved a further level of qualification, I have received more recognition in the industry, from my colleagues and peers. I work in a consultancy firm where there are a lot of new people coming in on a regular basis, straight out of college or younger, and I feel like I can compete with them now on the same level. To have the skills on paper, gives you more opportunity.
I am in a better position now and Springboard+ has helped me to have more confidence in myself and make a bigger impact on my CV going forward.
What would you tell someone thinking about doing a Springboard+ course?
Do it. Even if it is just a short course which takes a few months. It gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, meet, connect, and learn from your colleagues. The courses allow you to work like you will do in if you were in a real work environment and in group. It helps you create a schedule for yourself, and you can have a work/life balance in parallel. I highly recommend Springboard+ courses.
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For more information on courses available through Springboard+ and HCI Pillar 1, visit www.springboardcourses.ie or freephone 1800 303523. Keep an eye out on our social media for updates on course places.Back