What is the most difficult experience you have faced in your career and how did your time at Plymouth help you overcome these?
Time management and procrastination are struggles for nearly all students, and I was no exception to that rule. During my first year of university, while pursuing a foundation degree, I struggled with leaving my work until the last day. I found that I was getting very stressed during deadlines and the quality of my work was suffering. During my second year, I decided to change the way I worked. My plan was to do some work every day, even if only for 10 minutes (Pomodoro timer). These 'no zero days' of work meant that my goals and work were always progressing. This change in attitude helped reduce the stress of work as it was often completed weeks before the deadline and improved the quality of my work. The university deadlines helped push me to become much more proficient with my time management today.
How did studying at the University of Plymouth influenced your career aspirations and plans, and/or help you reach where you are in your career now?
Studying at the University of Plymouth helped me progress my career by providing a well-rounded experience for a software development student. The course prioritised skills that are essential in the software field. The lecturers taught languages that are widely used in the software development world, such as C#, which is a language I predominantly use today. The course also focused on soft skills, such as communication, in addition to technical skills. When creating software, it is easy to think that programming is all you need, but many other factors come into play in creating a great piece of software, such as communicating with clients.