Hi there, I’m Jason! I’m from Clare Hall in Dublin and have been living here my whole life. I graduated from DCU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Irish and Geography. I am currently studying in the Professional Master of Education in Primary Teaching here too. My specialism subject in this course is the Science of Climate Change and enquiry-based approaches to learning about it.
I applied for the STInt programme because throughout my years in both primary and secondary school, I have constantly heard pupils say that subjects like science and mathematics are of little or no use after school, and I think that people often fail to see the practicality of these subjects which decreases their motivation to engage in them as much as others. However, as a future educator, I want to promote the vast and wide range of opportunities that mastery in these subjects can offer to my pupils when they are thinking of careers that they may like to have, or fields of study they may like to undertake after school. I also want to ascertain to them that it is not the exact content of these subjects that is of benefit to them but rather the skills they engage in such as problem-solving and critical thinking, skills which are essential and are so valuable in pursuing STEM related careers.
I’m delighted and very excited to have accepted a role at SSE Renewables for summer 2021. SSE Renewables are an innovative energy production company based in Dublin, and are Ireland’s leading developer and operator of renewable energy across both Ireland and the UK. They strive to drive the transition towards a net zero emissions future. My internship will most likely be done remotely but may move to a hybrid style of working later in the summer. I’d love to go to one of the company’s energy production sites and see what it’s like, to gain and understanding of how renewable energy is developed and harnessed.
I have been provided an overview of what kind of work I will be doing with this company, including developing a land contract mapping system for the company’s wind energy production sites, and I will be working with a team to seek new onshore and offshore sites for renewable energy production, as well on the development/alteration of current sites. With climate change being my subject specialism on my PME course, this role stood out for me when applying for the STInt programme and I cannot wait to enter and explore this role as a development intern with this company.