Business Studies

Business Studies
Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Brad Whelan

I enrolled to the Business Studies course in 2015/2016. Before applying to Ballsbridge College, I had spent the previous year out of education looking for work upon finishing Secondary School. I had achieved an extremely disappointing Leaving Certificate result, to which I received no offers in my CAO and lost all faith in my own abilities.

I always dreamed of being accepted into a renowned 3rd level university. I decided to partake in a PLC course to help me do so, and through the recommendation of various guidance counsellors, I applied to Ballsbridge College. I was made aware of the various success stories about past students from Ballsbridge, along with the level of excellence their teachers have to offer. I was quite intimidated on orientation day within the college. I was extremely shy, had no belief in my own ability and had no past success regarding education, that could make me feel like ‘I can do this’. However, this changed very fast.

After my first few weeks in Ballsbridge College, I was unrecognizable. I was being introduced to subjects I had no prior knowledge on, and feeling optimistic about it. This was solely due to the confidence teachers instil in their students. Each one of the faculty go out of their way to accommodate students and make sure that the entire class has a comprehensive understanding of every subject being taught. The modules taught in my Business Studies course have turned out to be extremely advantageous to my life in 3rd level education. Many of the assignments and exams I currently, have correlate back to what I learned during my year in Ballsbridge College. Instead of having to play catch-up in my current course, I’m miles ahead.

Ballsbridge College provides you with various superlative opportunities which prove invaluable in your journey to success. The most beneficial for me was the chance to go on a two-week long internship to Exeter. The internship turned out to be the greatest learning experience of my life. I was introduced to a new way of thinking, acquired new skills which have served me tremendously every day since, was instilled with a new self-confidence and met the greatest bunch of people who are now my best friends.

Currently I’m studying the Bachelor of Business Studies course in DCU. It is a very comprehensive, engaging and renowned programme. The DCU Business School is ranked in the top 5% of business schools worldwide, so upon graduating from this course, I’ll have an abundance of opportunities available to me. Without any doubt, I truly believe that this wouldn’t have been possible without the support, education, and skills I received from Ballsbridge College. The self-confidence I obtained in my one year course empowered me to run and be elected as Class Rep for my course in DCU, get appointed as the Chairperson for the DCU Karate Club and most importantly, gave me the self-esteem required to succeed in a 3rd level university.

I would recommend Ballsbridge College to any individual of any background to enrol in. As long as you’re willing to put the work in, Ballsbridge College will get you to wherever it is that you want to go. I went from someone who could never succeed in education, to the Student of the Year in Ballsbridge. I went from someone who never made a presentation in their life to a powerful public speaker. But most importantly, I became someone who believes in themselves and strives to achieve excellence in everything he does. Thanks to Ballsbridge College, no task seems too strenuous or out of my reach. If I put my mind to something, it will get done and that’s the effect Ballsbridge College has on its graduates and why you should put this institute above all others.