Studying IT and Strategic Innovation MSc with Professional Placement at Kingston University

Studying IT and Strategic Innovation MSc with Professional Placement at Kingston University

October 21, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Monica, I’m studying IT and Strategic
Innovations from Kingston University and I’m a masters student and I have a placement along
with my masters and I’m an international student. I choose this course in Strategic
Innovation because I already had experience in IT industry like for five years I worked
as a software developer, and as a software developer I just used to get the requirement
documents and you’re supposed to develop the software or the module from the particular
requirement, but we don’t understand the whole business and how our software is going to
fit into this business. So, by doing this course I get to understand how do we analyse
a business, like SWOT analysis and other things that I had never heard of before. So, and also,
I learn how to write business plan and do budgeting analysis that will actually help
me understand the whole process from the business end as well as the technology end. For the first thing, my brother also studied in Kingston university so I already kind of
knew how the professors are and how the location is, and basically I am an international student,
so it’s good to have someone you already know, and when I came to Kingston the university
is very nice and the location by the riverside and everything is very near to it. I chose to do a placement along with my masters because, after completing all my lectures now I get
about twelve months to think about my project and the place where I’m doing my placement
will also give me various new ideas on what exactly I can put in my project dissertation. I actually applied to many of the companies and uploaded my resume in most of the job
sites that are available and that particular one that I’m currently working is something
I got from LinkedIn. I got a message, I got a message from a recruiter that’s actually
because I have previous work experience as a developer and there was an opening
for it, so I got it that way. In the very first week, we have an induction programme for the placement students They give us some of the test to understand our mindset and then they ask us to start applying for
the jobs. We have like some of the guest lecturers coming
in who actually work in a company or they do represent the company so they tell us if
they have any openings for the students or if some of these skills, because there are
most of the students, they have some of the work experience prior to joining the course, so, they fit into the companies that way In the very first week when we joined the university we have an induction programme and
then they tell us about how we can apply in various job sites. And we have a dedicated
website called jobcentral for Kington university and there we can see a number of jobs listed
and we can start applying. For my placement I have started applying from the very beginning,
from November 2018, but I got the placement in around March because you’re supposed
to start in May and the university helps us like in various workshops, like they tell
us how to update the LinkedIn profile, and there are CV workshops, they tell you what things you have to put in your CV and what things you can remove from the CV. So, I have started my placement at iLUKA CSM that specialises in sports marketing and
we basically deal with the hospitality management during the events, events like Olympics and
rugby world cup and I am currently working as a software developer so I will be developing
the mobile applications and websites that will help in transport management system. So, the benefits of doing a placement is like I get to work in a real environment where
I’m learning new skills like mobile application development, which I haven’t done before and I’ll
be able to get new ideas for my project. So once I graduate, I expect to be able to
become a software architect in which I will be able to design the whole software and then
will be able to develop it as well.