Accounting and Financial Management (Mayo Campus) Laura Walsh
I chose this course because the lecturers are highly qualified accountants with over twenty years’ experience in their field. Also, some lecturers mark the exam papers for the professional accountancy bodies.
The small class sizes mean the lecturers have a more hands on approach with students, which is totally different to being in a lecture hall in Dublin with 300 other students.
It is much cheaper to live in Castlebar compared than in Galway or Dublin and accomodation is easier to find.
The course in GMIT focuses on employability skills, with modules from basic to advanced Microsoft Office, computerised accounts packages such as Sage 50 accounts and Thesaurus payroll.
In first year I choose French as an elective. We went to France for a week in a small group which really helped with the end of year spoken exam.
There is a range of clubs and societies at GMIT Mayo campus. I joined the music society, we met up and played music in various venues including the Irish House.
Group assignments were very good because it helps to discuss ideas and chat about the course material with your peers.
I won the GMIT Academic Achievement award for 2018 which surprised me because I work full-time also.
I also attained the CPA Award for having the highest overall mark in Management Accounting 3, Financial Reporting Environment and Taxation.