Information Systems MSc Graduate
What was the best thing about being at University of Brighton?
The thing I find great about UoB is it's location, when I say it's location I'm talking not just about the physical location and proximity to London which means that you could travel anytime you wanted and being by the sea making it one of the best tourist destinations in the UK, but I'm also referring to cosmopolitan nature of the students and people living in Brighton. It is a great city to live and study in.
How has the experience affected you?
The experience has made me a better communicator, better able to articulate my thoughts and arguments on paper. This has helped me in dealing with customers and colleagues, not just approaching every task in a methodical way but actually communicating with the customer and getting their buy-in to projects and changes.
It has also improved my ability to work to deadlines through working on the assignments and projects during the course.
What stood out about the teaching?
The first thing that struck me was that a high percentage of the lecturers had worked in the industry, a lot of them in very senior positions, this meant that we were not limited to just theories but real life applications of the knowledge and tools that we were being taught to use. The teaching was also spiced with anecdotes on their experiences in the work-place, which made for some very lively conversation.
How did your study connect to your work now?
I presently work as an Oracle DBA and an ITIL project manager, the course strengthened my skills in database administration with modules like Application Building, System Analysis and Design, Distributed Databases and Business Intelligence, while in my role as a project manager leading the implementation of ITIL, I have discovered that every single module I took has comes in handy, from the initial spec of the project to analysis and design and finally implementation.
Where has your degree taken you (in life/travel/career)?
As an International Student, I came with the intention of receiving a first rate degree and returning to my country, but immediately after my course I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity with one of the most respected IT companies in the UK, a great job with training opportunities and room for growth. This would not have being possible without an M.Sc in Information Systems.
Would you recommend your course to others, and why?
Definitely, I would recommend this course to anyone that wants the right mix between technical and business applications of IT.