Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) will host their next Open Evening from 3-7 pm on Thursday, 10 May 2018. The event at the Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses is an opportunity for prospective students to discover the many courses on offer, to meet lecturers, and learn more about the vibrant community at the leading Institute.
Ahead of the LYIT Open Evening on 10 May, LYIT Masters graduate Helen Masterson shared her story with Donegal Daily to describe how her studies equipped her with the leadership skills to oversee a major change in her company.
Helen began her Master of Business in Innovation & Leadership at a time of enormous change for her company, Moll Industries Ireland Ltd. Helen is the Managing Director and co-owner of Moll, which is a Donegal Town-based company that specialises in a wide range of Plastic Injection Moulding, Assembly and Product Development.
Helen attributes her Masters education to the skills in strategic thinking and a new approach to Change Management she gained for a management buyout at Moll.
She said: “As I had just accepted a place on the course, an opportunity arose from Corporate for a management buyout. Over the two years of the course I proceeded with the pursuit of the buy out and successfully completed the process with my husband in June 2010. The Managing Change module had the most impact as it gave me the tools to approach this enormous change that was to take place; it allowed me to understand, manage and cope effectively with the change and, in turn, bring all employees along with us.”
Helen is originally from Belmullet in Co Mayo, and currently lives in Donegal Town with her husband and three children. The structure of the degree course, she said, suited her work and life balance, and proved to be very relevant to her exact needs at the time.
Modules in the Master of Business in Innovation & Leadership are all designed to develop the leadership talents of managers to deliver significant business impact in the professional workplace. The flexible structure allows students to continue working in their business while learning key management skills.
“The structure of the course modules allows you to work full-time while upskilling. The course content, and the way it’s delivered, the calibre of the lecturers and speakers – all were excellent,” Helen said.
Helen believes that executive education is a necessity for business leaders: “Leaders and managers especially need to allow themselves the opportunity to upskill, expand and grow; to provide themselves the opportunity to learn a strategic thinking approach. It’s an excellent networking tool and if you go into it with an open mind you will obtain new and updated knowledge not just from the course but from your peers also.”
Moll Industries Ltd has had significant expansion and change since the 1980s. Helen, who also has an Engineering degree, has worked in various management positions and has represented the Overall Corporate management team in the US.
Studying at LYIT, Helen said, ensured she was well prepared for the evolution of the plant. “It was a positive contributing factor to the overall success of the initial purchase and the operational excellence we experience today.”
Why choose LYIT? Helen said: “LYIT is a fine college with forward thinking leadership and focuses on providing relevant skills for business and industry as a whole.”
The purpose of the LYIT Open Evening on Thursday 10 May, is to have one-to-one conversations with people around the educational possibilities available to them. There are always options, which include accessing Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) to gain advanced entry, credits or exemptions on to a programme at LYIT. Over the years, the RPL facility has been accessed by many adult learners in the region and if this is something that you are interested in hearing more about then why not come along to the Open Evening.
For a full list of postgraduate and part-time programme, visit lyit.ie
Thinking about taking your next step into education at LYIT? Here are some key dates to note:
- LYIT Open Day: Thursday 10 May, 2018, 3-7pm at Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses. Click here for further information
- 1 June: Postgraduate Application Deadline
- 1 July: CAO Change of Mind Deadline.
- Springboard courses will soon be announcing upcoming programmes at LYIT
For information and updates visit: http://www.lyit.ie/