MBusAnStudent Stories

Tom: Building a career combining a passion for English with ICT

Tom working with his touch screen monitor as part of his research

Tom is currently studying a one-year Master’s of Professional Business Analysis at the Wellington ICT Graduate School. He is working on a research project with Victoria University, between the School of Information Management and the School of English, Film, Music, and Media Studies, on pioneering data-driven distant reading and analysis of the works of Charles Dickens. This provides new ways to visualise, explore, and compare works of literature.

Q. What drew you to your programme of study?

The programme was a way of combining my passion for English — communicating ideas and talking to people — with ICT to benefit businesses. I was further convinced by the industry need for skilled business analysts, and the hands-on, practical approach to learning that the programme embraces.

Q. What have you enjoyed most about your programme of study?

I have loved the practical side of the programme — we have worked on projects for real clients, and I’m currently completing my placement with Deloitte. It’s great to work with a major professional services firm and learn about their way of doing things.

Q. Has the programme lived up to your expectations?

Absolutely — the courses have been well-rounded and taught to a high standard — the entire class has grown substantially since the first trimester of the programme.

Q. What are some opportunities during your Master’s at Wellington ICT Graduate School?

We have met some fascinating people from within the Wellington tech community, who have given great advice on how to develop tech skills and the importance of such skills in the workplace. WICTGS has also provided workshops for interview, networking, and CV writing techniques — the important soft skills that students need to get their first jobs in the ICT sector.

Q. What do you think of Wellington as a place to study and live?

For ICT, Wellington is great. I’d only lived in Wellington for a year before starting the programme — the city is small, walkable, has great food and culture, and the ICT Graduate School is in the centre of it all, just off Cuba Street.

Q. What are your plans for the future?

Going on a holiday! Then I’m hoping to get back into my research, while remaining on the lookout for more opportunities in business analysis, technology, and data analysis and visualisation.

About the Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn)

The Master of Professional Business Analysis covers how to solve complex business problems using technology, processes and data. This qualification is open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree and has been designed for people with a non-information technology background.

The MBusAn is a 180-credit Master’s programme, completed in three full-time semesters over 12 months at Victoria University’s School of Information Management.

Next intake: July 2017 — June 2018.

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