Sharon Shally-Higher Certificate in Business Part Time (Online)

Name: Sharon Shally

Job: Retail Account Manager

Can you share your career path to date?

20 years as account manager for same organisation

What does your current role involve?

Providing financial, administrative, and clerical support to company.

What motivated you to start studying?

A recommendation from my brother who is also a former student of ATU Sligo.

Why did you choose this course from ATU Sligo?

It offers a wide range of subjects and provides a great foundation for a career in business and facilitates access to Level 7 Degree.

How did you find the process of studying online? What elements did you find helpful? Were there elements you found challenging? 

Having the lectures recorded is excellent. I can watch them at a time that suits me. The lecturer support and prompt replies to emails is very helpful. Motivating myself and time restraints however are challenging at times.

Were there elements of the course that were particularly relevant to your current employer? 

The Financial Accounting module was particularly relevant in my job.

What advice would you have for anyone considering studying online?

Firstly, you will find the time, it can be done. You will need motivation and discipline and the rewards are there if you want them.

In what way has studying online with ATU Sligo benefitted your career?

It has given me a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of business some of which can be used in my career.

Did this course provide any unexpected benefits to your career?

Yes! With a greater knowledge of my field of work, I enjoy my job more.

Did you find that the elements you were studying had practical relevance in your day-to-day role? 

Yes, I use Microsoft Excel a lot more.

What were the key skills you took away from your time studying at ATU Sligo? 

My time management has greatly improved and also in terms of day-to-day skills. Communication and problem solving are some of the skills I took away from my time studying at ATU Sligo

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