Meet Cheryl. Former Programmer and Systems Analyst, Mum of four and full-time Master’s student. With a passion for IT that is not to be reckoned with, Cheryl is jumping straight back into the field she loves most after a 14-year break from industry. We catch up with Cheryl during her one-year Master of Software Development programme at the Wellington ICT Graduate School.
Q. You’re no stranger to the tech industry, Cheryl. Tell us a bit about yourself?
“I’ve always been passionate about IT. My Mum wanted me to take Nursing at university but I insisted that I wanted to be a developer/programmer, so I studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science at Trinity University of Asia in the late 90’s.”
“I went on to become a Senior Developer / Systems Analyst and I loved my job. For me, it is always important to know what you want. If you love what you do, then it will bring out the best in you and you will succeed.”
Q. You’ve since taken some time out of the industry?
“I raised my family and decided to become a full-time Mum. Now that my children are school age, I am ready to work again and determined to up-skill to get back in the industry that I love.”
Q. And here you are studying your Master’s with us!
“Well rather than settling into what you can do or have for now, go for the things that you really like and aim for it. As much as I want a less stressful job, every time I ask myself where I see myself 5–10 years from now, I’m still longing to be in the IT industry. That’s what drew me to studying a Master of Software Development. I know my sacrifices to achieve this goal will be worth it and I’ve enjoyed all the struggles I had in-between, big and small.”
Q. So you’re enjoying the programme so far then?
“To be honest, I’m enjoying every bit of it. I can say that because I now appreciate my life more before I enrolled here! Before studying, all I had to manage were my household chores, my children’s activities and a lot of ‘me’ time in-between. Now, I barely have time to fit everything in, but I still look forward to the things that I will learn every single day. It’s easy to say ‘I give up!’, ‘I’ve had enough’ or ‘I’m too tired’, but I don’t want to quit, never will. So yeah, maybe that’s a good description of what I’ve enjoyed the most.”
Q. Any personal highlights during the programme?
“Overall, the programme has exceeded my expectations. I had no idea it would be this extensive. I knew I’d be expected to research, study more and not be spoon-fed. It’s reconnected me with the industry and encouraged me to attend meet-ups. So a definite highlight is how my network and confidence have been greatly broadened.”
Q. Next steps for this aspiring Software Developer?
“I’ve enjoyed studying so much it has encouraged me to study more, to learn more and to explore more. Who knows? I might take another course or even start a PhD! But for now I’m really excited about getting back out in industry again.”
Starting in March, Cheryl will begin her 12-week practicum/internship working within industry to develop software-based solutions, as part of the Master of Software Development programme.
Our 12-month Master of Software Development (MSwDev) is open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree. This conversion programme has been designed for people from non-information technology disciplines who want to become software developers, as well as expereinced candidates who want to broaden their career opportunities.
Next intake for MSwDev is July 2018 — June 2019.
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