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Irene Oritsegbubemi Akumagba

MSc Computer Science, 2016

Irene Oritsegbubemi Akumagba

What made you select the University of Southampton?

I selected UoS because of its position as one of the top universities in the UK. Also, I was excited about all the innovations and research that was occurring within my department - ECS

What was it like studying here?

It was a growing/learning experience. I had the opportunity to interact with a large international community and created lasting bonds with people from all over the world. Also, the coursework and projects shaped and improved my knowledge of my field and served as a foundation for my current career. The lecturers were also excellent at what they did and taught and were thoughtful about your personal and academic growth.

What were your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences)?

My fresher’s orientation and the Christmas tree lighting event.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The coursework pushed me to learn so much and grow my skills. Also, I loved that we were given the choice to select what courses we wanted to do. This helped me try out various areas of IT I found interesting while also focusing on my chosen research area.

Did any exposure to employer opportunities (such as work experience, company presentations, career mentoring) or research led learning during your course help you achieve your ambition? If so, how?

Yes, some of the research led learning helped. Some of the coursework I did in some classes formed the basis for my area of expertise in my current career.

How has your degree helped develop your career?

Some of the coursework I did in some classes formed the basis for my area of expertise in my current career.

What have been the highlights of your career to date?

The highlight of my career is switching from a completely technical backend support role to a Technical Business Analyst role

What tips would you give to current students looking to start a career in your sector? What could they be doing now to make themselves more employable when they graduate?

My advice is, take the coursework seriously, make use of the career services on campus and attend Job fairs on campus – this will help you interact with employers to understand what they require.

Do you have any future ambitions?

To start and complete my PhD

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