Jonathan Wainwright

MSc in Information Technology

Did you come straight to postgraduate study from your first degree?

I completed my undergraduate degree in Maths at York, and was immediately offered a job at a large accounting firm. A few years later, I realised that this was not what I really wanted to do, but I had no formal training in computing and didn't quite know which area I was best at, or should move in to.

Why did you choose to study in the Department of Computer Science at York? What attracted you to the MSc in Information Technology?

As well as being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I knew that the Department had a really good reputation and I was excited at the opportunity of being able to study in a brand new building with state-of-the-art facilities. Doing the MSc in IT was an opportunity to meet other like-minded people, who did not have Computer Science degrees but had some IT background and wanted to develop further.

What has been the highlight of your time here so far?

I am really enjoying my time here at York, and have been blown away by the variation of modules being taught, which allows me to develop and use all sorts of different skills. I am very creative, so a particular highlight was creating a website prototype for an open assessment - a big cardboard mock up the size of my room, complete with velcro overlays and dry-wipe text boxes - which I then tested out on my confused housemates, who were all jealous of how much fun I was having doing my Master's degree!

What has your experience of student life been at York?

The University has a collegiate system, which you are a member of for life, so I am still a member of Halifax College from my time here as an undergraduate. I also have access to other colleges, such as Goodricke, the closest one to Computer Science, and Wentworth, the graduate college. There are also a wide range of societies, which also run events. My choice of societies from my undergraduate days are a little different to now (Pirate Soc and Alternative Frisbee Soc to name just two), but my housemates are undergraduate, so I like to go and see their performances in Drama Soc.

How will the programme help with your career?

The programme has helped to point me in the right direction through the broad range of subjects I am covering. Having just chosen the topic for my final project, I am now looking forward to spending a lot of time concentrating on a single topic and seeing where that leads. There are also many careers events organised throughout the year, and I have found the dedicated Careers service invaluable.

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about postgraduate study in Computer Science at York?

York is the sort of university you are never going to want to leave - just apply!

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