Octavio Vazquez Mendoza graduated MSc Data Science & Analytics 2017

Living the dream: How I Ended Up Studying Abroad at UCC on MSc Scholarship

Octavio thought studying at a post graduate level abroad was out of reach, but thanks to a full scholarship he’s living his dream and pursuing Data Science & Analytics at University College Cork…

If someone had told me a year ago, that today I would be studying a master’s degree abroad, I simply wouldn’t have believed it. I had other plans on my mind that were not even close to studying at post-graduate level, but more so, I thought it was impossible because of the amount of money it would require.

One day, while I was working, I received an email that described an opportunity that contained exactly what I needed to keep studying. This opportunity was a scholarship to study a master’s program in Ireland at University College Cork (UCC). The scholarship covered all the possible fees, it also included money for living expenses, but only one Mexican was going to be able to earn it and I only had a couple of days to send my documents. So I quickly prepared everything because I had absolutely nothing to lose and also it was a once in lifetime chance.

To make a long story short, I got the scholarship and I chose to study the MSc in Data Science and Analytics, a field becoming increasingly relevant for any industry and a fascinating topic.

Cork and Ireland have surprised me, not just because the city itself is gorgeous and the weather is not as cold as I expected, but it’s because of the people that live here; they are extremely kind and warming. UCC has great lecturers and beautiful campus: magnificent buildings, a river flowing across the complex and green areas all around you, and I’m simply mentioning some of its great aspects.

Getting a scholarship, like the one that I’ve just described, is no longer something impossible, the truth is, it’s becoming more usual than what you might expect, so usual that it’s more probable that you’ll find about it by email, just like me. Universities and governments from all over the world are increasing the number of opportunities for foreign students to study a postgraduate level at their countries. So right now, the issue isn’t if you can apply for it, the issue is, where do you want to go and what do you want to study!

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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

 

 

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