As the February 1st CAO deadline approaches, IT Sligo has launched an innovative social media campaign encouraging prospective students to get more familiar with the courses they have on offer.
People who are considering their college options are asked to submit photographs of themselves with the IT Sligo Prospectus. The more wonderful or weird the location, the better!
The competition is an interactive approach to encourage prospective students to get more familiar with the 50-odd CAO options on offer at the Institute.
Operated through the IT Sligo Facebook page www.facebook.com/itsligo, the first prize for the Imagine IT Sligo photo competition is an iPad 2 worth almost €500, and two runners up will receive an iPod Touch.
IT Sligo’s Communication Manager, Sinéad McGovern, said that it’s hoped that the competition will make people more aware of the comprehensive range of courses available at the Institute: “Our Prospectus is like a catalogue of our courses and it explains each of them individually – what they involve and what job prospects they offer.
IT Sligo offers a wide range of courses in the areas of science, engineering, business and humanities and it’s important that students understand what they’ll be studying when they make choices in their CAO, and where it can take them in their career,” she said.
Ms McGovern explained that the IT Sligo Prospectus is also available online at the IT Sligo website www.itsligo.ie, but she said that the photo competition is designed to get the creative juices flowing; “Whether you are a Leaving Certificate student or a more mature student preparing to return to full time education, it can be a stressful time and we wanted to inject a little fun into the process. Entrants are asked to be as imaginative in their photos as possible and to include a short tag line related to the scene,” she explained.
After the photo submission closing date (February 2nd) a shortlist of the top photographs will be compiled. Shortlisted photos will then be displayed on the IT Sligo Facebook page for members of the public to view and to vote for their favourite.
Full details and terms and conditions of the Imagine IT Sligo photo competition are available at www.facebook.com/itsligo . A copy of the Prospectus will be posted to entrants free of charge.
IT Sligo is a leader in social media in the higher education sector and was shortlisted as a finalist in the Social Media Awards for its Facebook page last year.
Image Caption: Leaving Certificate students Robert Butler and Lauren Sweeney with the IT Sligo Prospectus. Get a photo with the Prospectus and be in with a chance to win an iPad 2! Photo by James Connolly.