After completing his first degree in 1999 Juber decided to go back and do a Springboard course to keep up to date in the industry and refresh his skills
Juber is a Software Developer Engineer in Test with over 20 years’ experience and passionate about automation and performance.
What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?
Mainly based on WIT fantastic reputation. I have friends and work colleagues that could vouch on this statement.
What was your motivation for choosing this course?
I had a full BSc Honours degree acquired back in 1999 and most of my achievements were done through courses after that, rather than just jump to a Master/MSc programme I decided to take a step back and refresh all skills gathered along the way plus learn a good few ones before proceeding further. Knowing that the course I started has a follow up program was a decider for me.
What have you done in life prior to studying here?
I've been always working in IT, it's been 20 plus years of experience and to keep afloat relevant on what’s relevant within IT requires a lot of passion and commitment.
What words of advice do you have for new students?
WIT has different programmes to help you on your career path. Be proactive, express your needs to the right channels, I always got assistance when needed. Be committed, it is up to you to achieve your goals and keep pushing forward.
What have been the highlights of your college experience?
It's been amazing experience, the course is very up to date and constantly being reviewed accordingly to keep up to date with industry standards. I was able to accommodate a very busy life with work and a little one with my studies, always getting support when it was needed. Not everyone came from an IT background but it was also taken into account and I feel WIT was able to leverage that.
How did guest lecturers add to your college experience?
For the guest lectures/visits we had was mainly to reinforce the relevance of the course to the Companies around. They're using the 'stack' we were using and learning and the impression given is that you could start to work with them on the very next day and hit the ground running pretty fast.
How did you manage your work life study balance?
Can be tricky and it's down to the individual how to manage that. As previously mentioned with a little one and a very busy work I thought I could not fit anything else in but the flexibility WIT provided was the main factor for me to succeed.
How has this course helped your career development?
The exposure I had to new technologies, concepts and standards, helped and still helping to propel my career, giving me clear vision of where I should be aiming and how to get there.
Anything you'd like to add
I'm very grateful the opportunity I've been given and I hope someone reading this may get the motivation needed. Without being unfair to the other lecturers I'd like to commend Eamonn de Leaster and Colm Dunphy for their amazing work towards the HDip in Computer Science.