Why did you choose to study a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University?
I have always wanted to be exposed to the UK educational system. Eventually, my dream came through as I was admitted into two schools for a postgraduate degree to study Data Science & Analytics. However, I had to weigh my options before finally opting for Cardiff University.
Based on my personal evaluation, I reviewed the course modules and contents to see if they fit into my desired skill sets. I was impressed with the course content and future prospect of the course.
The teaching methods and cross-disciplinary experts from School of Mathematics and the School of Computer Science and Informatics were the best choice.
Moreso, the Cardiff Award and Languages for All were additional incentives I wanted to explore.
Other reasons were; I wanted to be exposed to a new culture, live in a friendly location with affordable living expenses. For all the above, I chose Cardiff University.
How was your experience as a postgraduate at Cardiff University, in terms of the programme?
Data Science and Analytics had greatly improved my programming and analytics skills. The practical involvement in solving real-world problems during laboratory sessions and mandatory coursework had really enhanced my skills in big data techniques using advanced analytical tools.
Looking back, I’m very happy I made the right decision as my course has equipped me with relevant skills in recognizing data pattern and mining, use of optimization and heuristic techniques, effective ways of systematically solving linear and non-linear problems, fitting models for large economic and social data and range of forecasting methods to smooth out variations in a data set.
Furthermore, the programme had really taught me to believe in myself and given me opportunity to interact with people of diverse culture and background. This has greatly improved my interpersonal and professional skill set such as time management, teamwork, communication, multitasking, and respecting other people opinion and time.
How was your experience of living in Cardiff, in terms of the city, social life and accommodation, again specifically as a postgraduate student?
Cardiff city is one of the most friendly and peaceful cities in Wales. People are very welcoming and accommodating.
I sometimes visit some amazing structure and historical venues to sightseeing such as the National Museum, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay and many more.
I hang out with friends at the cafes, cinemas, parks and shopping centres.
Though there are wide range of private owned accommodation and student hostels available according to individual preference. I live in a private owned house with my flatmates who are very interesting to live with.
In a nutshell, being a Cardiff University postgraduate student has really improved all my life sphere and I am glad to be part of it.
What was different about your postgraduate experience at Cardiff University compared to your previous degree?
At Cardiff University I am actively involved in my programme. From the start to the end. I have also explored many promising opportunities. This includes academic lectures and development sessions.
Alongside my studies, at no extra cost, Cardiff University organises Careers workshops and seminars, Career fairs, and study development sessions. I attended these and they have sharpened my orientation, gave me first-hand information and prepared me for the future once I finish my studies.
I have also done an internship as a Data Analytics and Community Mentor in order to gain work experience in the UK.
Additionally, I have joined the Cardiff Volunteering team.
How did you fund your postgraduate degree?
I have self-funded my studies.
I have also work on a part time basis to get additional income to pay my bills.
How do you think that your postgraduate degree is helping prepare you for the future – job aspirations, career development, future study etc?
The postgraduate degree has prepared me in many ways for my future job aspirations, career development and future study. I have learnt how to take initiatives without having to be prompted by others. My collaboration and teamwork spirit have been enhanced via groups exercise, brainstorming sessions and creating a platform to learn and share innovative ideas with my fellow postgraduate colleagues.
I effectively communicate with people of diverse background and picked up two additional international languages (French and Spanish).
During my programme, I have learnt to shy away from my comfort zone but to be flexible and adapt to the new changes. I have also improved my time management skills.
These experiences have prepared me for future work ethics, culture and relationship with people.