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Cormac Logue

BSc (Hons) in Health & Social Care

Cormac Logue

“Knowing you can really make a difference to people’s lives is what makes Social Care a fulfilling career. There are so many interesting opportunities. I’m proof of that.” Cormac Logue, from Glenfin, graduated with a degree in Health and Social Care from LYIT in 2016 and says this rewarding area is developing rapidly. In just 18 months he has risen up the ranks fast. Starting out as a Social Care worker, Cormac is now Person in Charge at Nua Healthcare, managing a centre which provides a safe, personalised environment for people with intellectual disabilities. In his current role, he is an advocate for the residents’ wishes, including their health care needs to help them enjoy an independent fulfilling life. He’s also responsible for training staff and ensuring HIQA standards are met.
“It’s very gratifying to help make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in society.”
In this area, he believes it’s important to have a genuine interest in caring and be able to manage your own emotions, so that you can do the best for the other person and listen to their needs. “I realised this was important to me and where my natural ability was, which is why I switched course!” Cormac originally choose Architecture. “The Heads of Department at LYIT pulled out the stops to accommodate my changing course. That’s typical of LYIT. The lecturers and staff take a genuine interest in you and your career progression. It’s like a family.” Initially he was concerned that his hearing impairment might affect his studies. “Lecturers just made sure it wasn’t an issue.”

He believes his success is largely due to the reputation of the Degree at LYIT and his work placement in Dublin. “ It was the best year I ever had,” he adds, “It opened my eyes to the possibilities and the extent of the roles in Social Care. I was a Care Supervisor in Children’s Services for a year. I was able to apply what I’d learned on the course which
helped me decide what I wanted to do after I graduated.”

Cormac says he got much more than a well respected qualification at LYIT. “I was a bit timid.  Studying at LYIT helped build my confidence. I’ll never forget the friendships, the laughs and the support that I received.”

His advice to students? “Stick at it, don’t let the pressure get to you, it’ll be worth it in the end. If you need help ask. ” Cormac has high hopes for the future. “I‘d like to go for
a Director of Operations role at some stage. Perhaps further down the line do some teaching. I want to emphasize that there are many exciting avenues in Social Care for students to take.”