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RTÉ’s tips from the top

RTÉ, Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, is one of many employers that has chosen to sponsor its staff to study with The Open University. 

Willie O'Reilly is Group Commercial Director of RTÉ. Willie explains: 

“RTÉ has established an excellent working relationship with Open University staff… Each RTÉ employee has been supported all the way, and the student support services of The Open University have played a significant role in providing both academic encouragement and moral support to all our staff. The Open University has shown a deep understanding of the challenges that every student faces in juggling work commitments, family and domestic demands, and the challenge of submitting assignments on time. It's been very encouraging both for staff studying and from a business perspective.”

Watch the videos and learn RTÉ staff’s top tips for studying with us.

Choose a subject you'll love

Aisling Fallon Casey is a television producer/director at RTÉ, in her second year of study with The Open University. Aisling recommends choosing a subject you’ll love, because then you’ll make more time for your studies. 

“I was so delighted when we got the opportunity to study with The Open University. There’s a real chance to study something that I just had a genuine interest in... Looking at the course content, this is something I have a genuine interest and passion for, and I’m going to enjoy studying…. I felt this is going to be the easiest way: to study something that I love. It’s easier then to balance your work and your study together.” 

Enjoy the support and flexibility

Gerald O’Leary is an IT manager at RTÉ, studying for a degree in Arts and Humanities with us. Gerald praises our combination of tutor support and independent study:

“The tuition level is just pitch perfect for me, there are classes every week, every three or four weeks, and that just suits me fine. The great thing is [the study’s] online, and you can do it from home or travelling - I use public transport quite a bit. We have wifi on public transport so you’re able to access material, as well as stored material, on devices.”

Challenge yourself

Ian Murray is a music librarian at RTÉ, studying for a Certificate in Higher Education in the Humanities with us. 

“I’m finding it extremely enjoyable. It is challenging, but that’s what I expected. I expected a lot of hard work; having said that, it has turned out - so far - easier than what I thought. I think may be a contributing factor is that I’m finding it enjoyable, so it doesn’t appear to be all that hard. Ideally I’d like to do a full degree and I’d like to obtain a BA… If I went on to do an MA, there’s some kind of academic work I could see myself doing.”

Make best use of your time online

Kevin Burns is a television producer/director at RTÉ, studying the MA in Online and Distance Education with us. 

“I would say I mainly [study] on my iPhone and on my app, and I do that while I’m coming to work and going home from work; even when I’m just at the kitchen table or whatever, I’ll be dug into the app and I find that it’s replaced my social media usage. So instead of catching up on Twitter or whatever, I’m catching up on somebody who’s written something about education or something do with the course. Or Instead of messages from friends or whatever, they’re messages from other people in the group, what they’ve posted, so it’s more healthy in that way. So I would use the iPhone and the app far more than I would have thought and it’s very good like that.”

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