MSc in Software Engineering
Athlone Institute of Technology
Having worked in software testing, systems administration and in web development with Microsoft, Digital and Élan earlier in my career, I had long thought about undertaking postgraduate study in software engineering.
That opportunity arose in 2004 when I registered for the MSc in Software Engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology. One of the attractive elements of the course is that it is offered on an ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) basis, as well as being offered full-time. This meant that I could study at my own pace and in October 2008, I graduated.
I found the modules in Computer Graphics and Internet and Multimedia Systems particularly interesting. These built on the knowledge I had already acquired in my professional career and were of considerable assistance in my current role as webmaster and computer technician at AIT. For my dissertation I researched benchmarking XML databases.
While there is much doom and gloom about the state of the economy at present, most sources are agreed that there is a shortage of Irish software engineers. Obtaining a Masters qualification in this area will hopefully enhance my own career prospects, as well as affording me a sense of personal satisfaction and fulfilment.