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Nicola O'Carroll

Tell us about yourself

Hi, I’m Nicola! I’m from Dublin. I will graduate from DCU this year with a Bachelor of Education degree. I have just finished my final year of study in DCU. My specialism subject is Digital Learning. I’m currently doing some subbing work and eagerly awaiting the beginning of my STEM Internship with my host company Microsoft! 

Why did you apply for the STInt Programme?

As a future educator, I will be teaching the next generation of possible STEM employees. I applied for the STEM Teacher Internship programme as I am enthusiastic and eager to learn more about STEM roles in the workforce. As I specialise in Digital Learning, I believe that I have taken forward-thinking steps with regard to the children in my future classroom. I want to give them the best opportunity I can to engage in holistic, lifelong learning and this STEM Internship programme will hugely benefit my own understanding and appreciation of the future STEM in teaching and learning. I am being proactive in my role as an educator and have decided to learn more about the future of STEM roles and their possibilities for future careers.

In short, I hope to learn. Learn as much as possible about STEM roles and how I can embed this new learning into my teaching. I hope to gain skills and hone my existing skills of communication, problem solving and teamwork and apply these to my future role. I am eager to work hard, as part of a team, and gain as much experience as I can in this STEM role. I am excited to learn as much as I can with this fantastic opportunity.

Where are you doing your ‘STInt’ in industry?

I’m delighted to have accepted a role at Microsoft for summer 2021. Microsoft is a world-renowned technology company based in Dublin. I’ve spoken to the team already and have been assigned a ‘buddy’ who has been fantastic at answering any and all my questions. I’ve been given an overview of some of the work I can expect to be doing too. 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 on site and see what it’s like!

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