Austin’s time as a student at WIT plays a testament to the old saying; ‘Hard work pays off,’ as he immediately lands an exciting job upon graduation
It didn’t take long for mature student and Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science graduate Austin Cunningham to secure a job in a thriving company with exciting career prospects.
Work placement can be a great opportunity to practice and exercises ones skills before finishing college and entering industry, but it also can be an excellent opportunity to establish a career.
Immediately after Austin’s work placement he successfully landed a position as a software engineer, at software development company RedHat, one of the world’s leading providers of open source solutions. RedHat's Waterford office currently serves as the company’s global hub for research and development into mobile application development technology.
Time for change
Like many mature students, Austin decided to return to college to upskill, challenge himself and enhance his career prospects.
“I was working in the IT industry as technical Supsort and I was looking for a career path into software development, and a frequent question that comes up in interviews is ‘What have you done lately in education,’ so furthering my knowledge base and skill set was my next step.”
The right course
An important factor for studying any course is finding the one that’s the right fit for you, and Austin found it at WIT.
“I decided to study at WIT because the work placement module within this course was a key feature for me to study and the start date of January also suited me.”
Connections are important
Austin attributes the immediate kick-start of his career to his consistent hard work ethic, as earning a first-class honours helped him stand out from the crowd. Although, Austin expressed that the help from WIT made the transition from college to a career much easier.
“Support from my course leader and the link existing between Red Hat and WIT helped me land the position. I engaged in six months work placement and they kept me on since.”
Hard work pays off
Austin expressed that his experience as a mature student in Computer Science was a lot of hard work.
“The course was intensive 12 months, with solid deadlines and no holidays. I was advised to treat it like a job and I did. When I finally got back to work it felt like a holiday as I had no homework to do and I had weekends off.“
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