A Donegal graduate of LYIT is now enjoying his work thousands of miles from home – in testing conditions.

Never did Danny McFadden imagine that some day he would leave Annagry and be spending Christmas in Antarctica, but in 2014 his skills in telecommunications saw him relocate to Rothera, Antarctica for 18 months as Communications Manager.

Danny McFadden graduated with an Honours Degree in Applied Computing from LYIT in 2003.

He specialised in computer networks and set up a limited company in his final year. Over a short period he built up a portfolio of valued customers.  

In 2007 Danny took up a position with North West Electronics as IT Manager, working on the rollout of the broadband infrastructure in the North West.   He oversaw the continuous upgrade and roll out of a network covering the top half of Ireland.   Then in Summer 2014 he began work with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, and in October 2014 travelled to the Antarctic for 18 months as Communications Manager for the capital of the British Antarctic Territories.

He says his study at LYIT has given him much more choice and flexibility in his career, “I believe my Degree has definitely given me an advantage due to the subjects and its relevance to industry.  Plus the lecturers at all times were helpful and more than willing to assist in any way they could. This ethos was evident throughout the college from computer technicians to administration staff. That really helps you push yourself to do well.

“Temperatures and conditions make certain tasks more difficult but I expect that the solid training I received during my time in LYIT will assist in the Antarctic –40 degree celsius deployment!”

LYIT offers a choice of industry focused courses including computing, to find out more about studying at LYIT visit lyit.ie/courses or go to Cao.ie before 1 February 2015.

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