“I lost my fear and found confidence – now I’m on my way to becoming a tattoo artist”

At school, Amy McConville was plagued by anxiety and a lack of confidence, and says she has “no idea how to fix it.”

As she pondered what to do next, she was also at a loss. Although she loved art, Amy saw no way to pursue her passion.

“There was a lot of pressure to go to college, but I didn’t know what to do. I was also afraid to make my own decisions because I felt like I wasn’t ready,” she says.

Aspects of learning were difficult, and Amy was told she had not been diagnosed with ADHD.

I learned a lot about myself, made a lot of new friends and got an amazing confidence boost

Her adviser at Loreto College in Mullingar, County Westmeath had the idea which developed into a compelling idea.

“She knew I had no plans after school, and she said, ‘I’ve got the course for you.'” She suggested that Amy consider a National Learning Network (NLN) Skills for Life course should, whose modules include digital media, health and safety, and word processing.

“That was when my life changed for the better. I’ve learned a lot about myself, made a lot of new friends, conquered my fear and had an amazing boost in confidence,” she says.

After a year, Amy was still unsure of what she wanted to do and the pandemic had complicated her life too, so she stayed for a second year.

Amy says they’re “like a little family here and it’s been a pleasure to see my classmates every day.”

This was followed by another NLN course, this time in vocational training, which led to an internship at her local tattoo and piercing studio.

Amy worked there once a week for 10 weeks helping with inventory and booking appointments.

It was a job she “absolutely loved,” to the point where Amy decided to become a tattoo artist by following an apprentice she worked with in the salon.

She saw how I suffered through school and how confident I am now

Her colleague told her about a course she took at Moate Business College that could pave the way for her to become a tattoo artist. “It really helped her achieve what she wanted to do, and I thought, ‘I’d love to do that,'” says Amy.

Next, she applied to the College of Advanced Education in Moate for a place on the Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course in Art and Design, which she begins this month.

The course is one of many at Moate and is a platform for a career as a professional artist or as a path to further study, with opportunities spanning animation, computer graphics, ceramics, art and design classes, advertising, performing arts, fashion and more Textile design, film and character production – and tattoo training.

Amy’s school journey has been so successful that her sister is considering enrolling in NLN.

“She saw how I was and how I suffered through school and how confident I am now,” says Amy.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/exams/i-lost-my-anxiety-and-found-confidence-now-im-on-my-way-to-being-a-tattoo-artist-41953138.html “I lost my fear and found confidence – now I’m on my way to becoming a tattoo artist”

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