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Marketing - PR with Events Management

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Date of Review Aug 30, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type Traditional
From Meath Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

I was working previously in an Events Job and knew with a degree I could go so much further, not a lot of colleges back in 2009 were offering such a course, so when I was offered a place at IT Sligo, I snapped up the opportunity.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

No

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

The course content is just completely wrong. It is not until 3rd year of the course that you actually get to do anything to do with the course title.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

26-30hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

No

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I found the economics (micro and macro) which we studied in second year to be interesting as you actually learn why Ireland is the way it is at the moment. Other aspects would be some great lecturers that actually learn your name and will help you with anything. There are also options to do continuous assesment for some subjects and you can have a good 20% in an exam before you even do it. But thats about it, I should be blabbing on about how much I am learning with the amazing subjects but no.....

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The subject choice and the way the course is run in general. I'm specialising in Events & PR, you would think this means in second year you would get to organise at least one event. No. For some strange reason, the General Marketing course who have nothing to do with events, had a subject in semester 2 called Non for Profit which they had to organise an event from start to finish and donate proceeds to charity, why we were not given this task still boggles the mind. Also there is no work experience in this course at all. Make sure if you are considering this course that you have something going on outside of college work wise, why if I got my degree in this would I be given a job? All we have done is sat in a class room for 3 years( until you have to organise the big event for 3rd year, but that is just one event,compare this to doing a semesters worth of experience in another college...). other institutes offering this course put you on work experience in 2nd or 3rd year with Galway even offering to find the place for you to work. Subject choice for the course for 1st &2nd year is unbelievably poor and at times you wonder why you're even doing the course EG the course is general business in 1st year so if at end of 1st year you can decide to switch to a different business degree which is fair enough but in second year there was 2 subjects per semester that had something to do with the course title but even in those you don't learn much as you already know the information. You will have so many days where you just wonder why you're there to begin with, its not just me, our class had a group discussion and we all agreed that the only reason we are staying in the course is that we have 2 years done, we may as well finish it, no one commented about how the course will help them get a good job, or how much they've learned in the subjects. All I can say is wait it out until you get to 3rd year, 1st year will put many students off the course, do your best to pass the exams, Law & Economics are what can make your class number half by the time you get to 3rd year. Also in 1st year you will be told if you pick Spanish as an elective and do it for 1st & 2nd year that you can do 3rd year of the course in Spain, this is only true for Marketing with languages, INTL Marketing etc but not for marketing - Events & PR, it would require you to switch over to another course before 2nd year if you want to do Erasmus for 3rd year. It is a very frustrating experience but the people you meet and the night life just about make up for it. It just seems that they were unsure about what to put in this course.

Was your course what you expected?

No

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

That it is not very creative as it is marketed this way for potential students. That I would have been better off going to Galway in the beginning or the UK to do the course as it is much more practical in that they actually require you to do work experience for a semester and the subjects are much more tuned to what is required from you when you leave college and go into the work force.

Why?

Newly renovated and opened in October 2010. It is now 3 stories high with private rooms available to book with flat screens and projectors for helping you to practice your presentations, some even have touch screens on the wall for presentations, state of the art equipment. There are many lounge areas on the bottom floor for chilling out and top floor for quiet study areas with the middle floor providing computers , more private rooms and quiet areas. My only problem is the severe lack of computers there, you would be much better off just bringing your laptop to college if ever you needed it as you will be queing all day to get one. Also if you are on the bottom floor, you can see the bathrooms through the door, but the door is locked, you will need to go back up the whole way around , scan out of the library, downstairs to use the bathrooms, it could take a few seconds to go if you unlock the door but no.

Is there a good social life on your course?

Yes

Please describe

Local nightclubs are constantly looking for promo team and staff, its a great opportunity with a wide range of events going on weekly for students to get involved with, possibly the cheapest prices in the country for alcohol.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Easy

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Less than other courses

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