What passed for summer this year is just about over, and the next few weeks will see many people around Ireland consider how best to spend the autumn and winter evenings that lie ahead.
Recalling that ‘back-to-school’ feeling that descended on us as children and teenagers, we adults often approach September as the start of a new year, a time for new endeavour, a time to make some changes. Indeed, our September resolutions are often far more substantial (and successful) than those made on a cold New Year’s day.
To return to education should be a popular September resolution. We all know that obtaining new qualifications and skills is not only personally enriching but is a proven means of career success and progression. For adult students, however, a decision to return to education is complicated by their busy personal and professional lives. What they require are high-quality education programmes that are flexible and delivered locally.
The Institute of Public Administration (IPA)—one of Ireland’s most eminent academic institutions—provides undergraduate programmes in business studies at Portarlington Adult Education Centre that recognise this fact. These part-time programmes are delivered through evening lectures locally and some weekend seminars in Dublin and are specifically designed for students who want to obtain a nationally recognised qualification while keeping their various professional and personal commitments.
Portarlington students can progress from Certificate-level qualifications right through to a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) Degree. They can also choose a specific subject stream: Accounting, Marketing, HRM, or Information Technology Management. Positioned between levels six and eight on the National Framework of Qualifications and accredited by University College Dublin, these programmes tick all the right boxes for those about to make a smart decision and return to education.
The remaining Information Evenings are:
Monday, September 3, between 7pm and 9pm at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise
Monday, September 10, between 7pm and 9pm at Laois Third Level, Bracklone Street, Portarlington.