I am Romulo Gomes da Silva, aged 30 years old, and I come from Brazil.
Today, I work as QA Engineer in a Regtech called CSS. My journey in Ireland started in 2013 with the intention of studying English. At that moment I did not know anybody or anywhere, so I had to face the challenges and fears that all International students have by myself. Fortunately, Ireland is a great place and I quickly fell in love with the country and all the friendly people living here. I decided then to stay longer.
That was when I decided to take a degree course at Dorset College Dublin, so that I could have a better future developing my skills and having a better chance of competing in the job market. I started my course in 2015 and I had the opportunity to learn from great lectures. I had a great time during my 3 years in Dorset College, and I graduated in 2018.
Being a part of Dorset helped me to achieve my goals. Today, I am happy with the decision I took and my plans have exceeded my expectations. I live in a great country and have a job that I love which is going to help me with a work permit which is my dream.
What Programme did you study at Dorset College and why?
The course I took at Dorset College was the Bachelor of Science Computing & Multimedia. I had decided that I wanted to live longer in Ireland, but as an International student it would be difficult do without developing my skills.
I Graduated in Business Administration in Brazil and I knew I would have a better opportunity to achieve my goals of getting a job that would provide me with a work-permit with really good IT skills. That is because there was a high demand for IT professionals in the Irish job market. I started looking for some degree courses available in Dublin until I finally found Dorset College. The college caught my attention by the modules included in the course (Special Game Design), location and price. So, there was no doubt about where I wanted to start learning IT. I applied for the course and started it in 2015. I knew the college could provide me the right tools to fill the gap in IT and all the critical skills required for the job market. After some years, I was actually right with my decision!
Why did you choose to study at Dorset College?
How was your experience studying at Dorset College Dublin?
I had a great experience in Dorset College. I had great lecturers that helped me a lot during my time in the college and I am grateful to them. I even had the opportunity to work as an intern in a company. That experience helped make my CV richer and my knowledge increased! I could use what I was learning in the college for this opportunity in a real job environment was a great moment that helped me to get prepared for the competition in the job market.
What three values do you think Dorset College offers on a professional and personal level?
Continuous Learning – The college always tried to inspire me to have better results and improve myself.
Teamwork – The college encouraged team work and a very positive aspect was the interaction between the staff who were always helpful which made the challenges easier to overcome.
Simplicity – The college size allowed staff and lecturers to provide personal attention which was a very positive aspect for me. The things I learned and the people I met helped me to be a better person and professional.
What recommendation would you have for those who are thinking about studying with Us?
Be focused and persistent in your goals! Dorset was one of the biggest decisions I took in my life and it helped me with the tools necessary to fight for my space in the Irish job market. I got a good job and I am about to have the work-permit applied. So, if you have a goal do not give up, just fight for you dreams, give the best and you can achieve anything!
How has your experience at Dorset College influenced your professional development?
Dorset is… The door to a bright future!