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Welcome to Way Out West your unofficial guide to living, working and studying in the west of the province

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#WOW AT SOUTH WEST COLLEGE, WE LOVE TO SHOWCASE OUR TALENTED STAFF AND WHAT THEY GET UP TO AT AND AWAY FROM WORK. AS WE CONTINUE TO TEACH AND WORK REMOTELY, WE’RE DOING THIS BY ASKING THEM FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR ROLES AT SWC AND THEIR PASSIONS AWAY FROM WORK. NEXT UP, IS AISLING McQUAID.

Tell us a bit about your role within South West College?

As a Marketing and Communication Officer, I work in the marketing team, so the role is quite exciting and varied. I work alongside the rest of the marketing team, actively promoting the College through various channels and supporting the Colleges marketing priorities. A large part of my role involves producing press releases and liaising with the media to generate press coverage.

How long have you worked at the College? What has been a highlight of your time here?

I am still relatively new to the College and started around October time which is nearly six months ago. The time has flown by, and to date, I have really enjoyed my time working with the College as everyone is so friendly and always willing to offer advice, which is great, especially when you are new to the job.

What is your favourite thing about SWC/your job?

The College ethos is brilliant, and I have enjoyed working as part of a team and love the diversity of the work. I have found the role very interesting all the courses and student stories they are very inspirational.

How have you found the transition to working remotely?

I have enjoyed working remotely when the schools are open (lol). Still, I am looking forward to getting into College and meeting everyone in person and hopefully getting to visit the other campuses at some stage.

What passions do you have away from work?

Mostly I like to travel and spend time with family and friends – I enjoy the small things in life with the children and like to run or go for walks in my spare time.

If you could host three famous people (living or dead) at a dinner party, who would they be and why?

Well, I would definitely have Mary Berry so she could bake dessert and teach me, and maybe Barack Obama or Oprah Winfrey; they are bound to have some interesting stories to tell and for a little bit of comedy, someone like Dara O Briain.  

What are you currently watching or reading?

I like a good Netflix series, (just finished Marcella) but at this stage, I think I have everything watched. So, I am looking forward to the Summer and getting out and about again.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I once played Gaelic at Croke Park representing Ulster.

Where is the first place you’re going after lockdown? 

A night away would be nice or a night out and definitely a cappuccino at Café Nero or somewhere (I’m a bit of a tea and coffee addict). 

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