Roisin O’Connell, MSc Interactive Media

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Roisin O’Connell, MSc Interactive Media 2015

I have just completed an MSc in Interactive Media in UCC.  My undergraduate degree was in education so this was a step into unknown territory.  No doubt it was daunting at first, but this is a conversion course and everyone was coming from diverse backgrounds, so we were all in the same position. During the course I had access to state-of-the-art facilities in the newly built Western Gateway Building which is located just off the main campus.  The course is well designed, varied and interesting, providing an introduction into various technologies such as 3D Modelling, programming and web-design.  The teaching staff were second to none and provided top class teaching, along with constant advice and guidance in a professional, yet friendly manner.  The course has opened new doors for me and has provided me with the ideal platform upon which to enter the exciting world of computers and interactive media.

Róisín O’ Connell, MSc Interactive Media 2015;

St Mary’s of the Isle Primary School, Cork, 2016

Abey Thomas Alex, MSc Data Science & Analytics

“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore

Coming from a Business Analyst background at a Major US bank where I was analysing the needs and processes of the user/organization from the business perspective, and gradually I realised the need of making decisions/plans based on data-driven approach and also recent technological development in the field of analytics and increase in the reliance on data for making efficient business processes/ products further ascertained my ambition to pursue a degree in data science.

After a year at UCC, I have much more things to add to the list of “Why UCC?” First and foremost reason would be the pool of learned and eminent researchers/professors who are expert in their respective field of study, UCC has a good number of international students which promotes the environment of collaborative learning from international perspective, and another reason would be UCC is constantly ranked as one of the best universities in Ireland. Being an international student finances were a concern for me and Cork is the best place to study peacefully, economically, in an excellent university and among the extremely friendly people of Cork.

One of the best features about the course is that it is suitable for both, students coming from analytical and non-analytical backgrounds and lays a perfect foundation of analytics focussing on both Statistics and Programming aspects and another attractive feature is that the course is constantly evolving every year to cater the needs of industry requirements so the students are rest assured they are in much demand after graduating from the course.

Within 2 weeks after completing the course I got a job at a US based Biotech Company named Gilead Science as Data Analyst where I extract, store and analyse huge amount of data to find key patterns and solve many existing process problems. I plan to continue to grow in the field of analytics due to its ability to solve business problems and increase my knowledge across various domains.

I would recommend this course to all national and international students who are passionate about creating and developing a career in analytics as the course is well constructed to impart basic and advanced level of data analytics knowledge as well as I would recommend UCC for its best teaching and research facilities as well as programs/services which enhance the employability factor of students.

I am currently working as Data Analyst for Gilead Science at their analytics team. I have been there for over five months now and I am bringing the knowledge I gained at UCC to my job. My managers find it valuable.

I would like to thank the Department and the University again for assisting in my endeavours immensely.

Thanks again

Abey Alex

Abey Thomas Alex, MSc Data Science & Analytics 2014;

Data Analyst for Gilead Science, 2016

 

 

Kirsty Hilliard, HDip Applied Computing Technology

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Kirsty Hilliard, Lidl, 2016

My initial qualification was a degree in Archaeology from UCC. I graduated into the beginning of the economic downturn in 2008 only to find that the Archaeological industry had collapsed alongside the construction industry. I subsequently found a management level position in retail and worked for several big names over the next few years. There was a lot of competition for higher level management jobs and I moved to the UK in the hopes of getting more experience over there. My partner was offered a great opportunity back here in Ireland so we came home again and I found it very difficult to re-enter the workforce, even at entry level positions, as there were so many people desperate for work for after years of recession.

There seemed to be a lot of articles and reports on the news that IT based industries had more vacancies than they had qualified people applying for them so I looked at ways of breaking into that sector. I started a Java programming course and soon after discovered the UCC H-Dip program that was starting in September. I told one of my friends about it at the course to see if she would be interested and we both applied and got in.

What had interested me in the UCC H-Dip was the range of different topics that it covered, there were many areas one could branch out from, rather than being cornered into one specialisation right from the start. We learned basic scripts and commands for OS administration and Networks, programming in several languages, which helps not only your CV but improve ones ownn logical reasoning skills. We also covered modules in Databases and Excel which are multi-industry essentials these days.

Aside from the study, the people I met during my year were one of the best parts. The Lecturers were very understanding and always willing to answer questions or explain something again, you could really tell that they wanted us to do well. I always found them to be very encouraging about getting into the industry and they pointed out practices that would be helpful out in the ‘real-world’ whenever we came across one. I consider myself extremely lucky in the classmates that I had. There was always a great atmosphere in the Lab and we worked well together making sure no-one was struggling on anything. I think it helped that we were all relatively mature, having ‘done’ college already and worked for a few years, not to mention that we all came in with the same goal of getting into IT so we were all serious about doing well.

After an intense year, just before my exams I was offered a place on the Graduate program for Lidl in the IT stream which was a huge weight off my shoulders and an affirmation of sorts for taking on the course in the first place. Currently I am almost finished my 18 month program, focusing mostly in the Service and Support division of the IT department and I sometimes surprise myself at what I know and can do as a result of the H-Dip. I work with a lot of specialists and it is very handy for me to have the range of knowledge I do when troubleshooting a problem as I can see things from multiple directions not just one.

I’m finishing up a couple of projects at the moment, ready for my big presentation with the Board in March. The overall theme is the new challenge we face in changing how our employees work on a daily basis, culminating in our move to our new HQ in Dublin in April. We are moving towards offering full mobility to our staff so there are plenty of new devices and software being introduced to our environment on a regular basis.  My focus is regulating the new user experience and minimizing potential issues with new technologies that may require Support from my team. I’m responsible for all user end devices in the company and as such I am usually the first port of call for any issues that arise with these, I’m also responsible with inducting all our proprietary Software systems, which is a lot! The overall success of my project depends on good knowledge of a wide range of subjects (Networks, System Administration and Databases are the main ones), which I believe I have as a result of this course!

Kirsty Hilliard, HDip Applied Computing Technology, 2014

 

Miao Yichong, MSc Computing Science

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Miao Yichong, MSc Computing Science 2015

My time at UCC has flown; the postgraduate study is already finished. I still remember the department meeting on the first day, which was hosted by the Dr Marc van Dongen. He gave us a very wonderful and detailed introduction of the following year’s core curriculum. I was shocked when I heard the courses’ arrangements and tasks. The course content is so difficult for me. I was worried at the term start, but the reliable lecturers eased me of my burden quickly. If we had any difficulty in study or daily life, they would always help us patiently.

Ireland is the birthplace of writers including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, and home of Murphy beer. UCC is located in Cork, on the southwest coast of Ireland. I love this city and university very much. The main campus gives me a sense of Harry Potter. However, most of MSc Computing Science courses took place in the Western Gateway Building. WGB is one of the most modern buildings in the campus.

About the course chosen: there are various kinds of courses in the computing area. I can assure you that you could always find the courses which are suitable for you.

Finally, I want to say thanks to all lecturers who ever helped me, including my supervisor Dr Simon Foley, Professor Gregory Provan, Dr Sabin Tabirca, etc.

In the end, I intend to hold out a promise that it will be your best choice to pursue postgraduate studies in MSc Computer Science at UCC.

Miao Yichong, MSc Computing Science 2015

David Walsh, MSc Data Science & Analytics

 

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David Walsh, Data Scientist at Betfair, Dublin 2016

I first became interested in data analytics during my degree in Financial Mathematics where I already had a good background in statistics. The idea of being able to link data from different sources and find relationships between elements in the data is not only interesting, it is also extremely valuable. The career opportunities available to a good analyst are vast with a huge amount of really interesting work being done by various companies in different fields.

Having completed my degree in UCC, I knew it would be a great place to do my masters. The Western Gateway Building which holds almost all of the lectures is an impressive modern campus with plenty of high spec computers and all the software you will require.

The course itself had some very interesting modules. In particular data mining and python were probably my favourite. Both were heavily project based which allowed you to apply the techniques you learned. In the data mining module we did a project which used various methods to predict which passengers survived on the titanic and analysed how accurate the different methods were.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in data analytics. The modules are geared to providing you with the perfect skill set for the vast amount of data science & analyst positions out there.

David Walsh, MSc Data Science & Analytics, 2015; Betfair – Dublin, 2016

Raul Blay Gil, MSc Data Science & Analytics

 

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Raul Blay Gil, MSc Data Science & Analytics 2015; Permanent TSB Dublin 2016

I decided to study a Masters in Data Science and Analytics at UCC because Data Science and Analytics is a new and very rapidly growing field with a high demand for specialists.

The Masters combines aspects of Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Intelligence that matches all the requirements by the industry. My experience at UCC could not be more positive as I really enjoyed the one year program that provided me a great combination of knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in the industry. During the Masters, I learned numerous techniques in Statistics, Machine Learning and Data Mining, and also got a high experience/skills in Python, R, SAS, SQL and so on. UCC is one of the best Universities in Ireland and is the only one that provides a Masters program in Data Analytics. Furthermore, the lecturers are extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and motivated and also very supportive. Cork itself is also a lovely and fun city which is full of life, with very welcoming and easy-going people who make you feel like home.

Another important fact is that there is a shortage of professionals in this field in Ireland and the work opportunities are huge. The content of the program, the lecturers and the uniqueness of this Masters in Ireland together with the great job prospects that this course in Data Science and Analytics gives has made this year the best learning experience I ever had and I fully recommend this Masters to everyone. I now work in Data Analysis at a major bank in Dublin.

Raul Blay Gil, MSc Data Science & Analytics, 2015;

Permanent TSB, Dublin 2016

Aoife Lynch, MSc Interactive Media

Aoife Lynch, MSc Interactive Media 2015

Aoife Lynch, MSc Interactive Media 2015

After deciding to update my skills I choose UCC because of its reputation as a top university and I choose the MSc in interactive media to enhance my existing knowledge and learn more about different aspects and potential of digital media. So this conversion course suited my needs.

Facilities are top notch and lecturers are friendly and very approachable. Each module gives an introduction to a different area, teaching the practical and technical aspects within each medium. The aim of each module is to have you produce a piece of work at the end that may be required of you in the industry. It is fast-paced but there are demonstrators in class to help along the way. Looking back I can’t believe how much the course covered.

For my end of year project I developed an app for Cork University Maternity Hospital, something I did not think I was capable of before this course.

I would recommend this course for people of all ages who want to learn more about interactive media and take a new or different direction with their career.

Aoife Lynch, MSc Interactive Media 2015