More about Patrick
Current role: Metzger Ltd, Nigeria - Software Developer
"Originally from Nigeria, I moved to Nottingham (UK) to study for a Diploma course in Computing at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). It helped me to settle in to UK life quickly and allowed me to make new friends. It also prepared me for University as I was put in a diverse educational environment.
"I then decided to study for my Masters, MSc Internet and Security, at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) due to positive recommendations from family friends already studying there. Also the career-focused curriculum of the MSc Internet and Security course at NTU appealed to me. I really hope to work in an InfoSec company someday.
"I was advised that I would learn new skills and the course would be the best choice for self-improvement. Rightly so, I studied new programming languages and technologies, skills that will help me in my future career. Plus the course at NTU is designed to train students to implement the new technologies in real life scenarios and in labs which is invaluable hands-on experience. I believe the course has been very useful as it has improved both my career prospects and my knowledge of IT security. It is a very big field and there is huge demand for InfoSec analysts and engineers in the market worldwide.
"Studying in the UK is very different from studying back home in Nigeria. In the UK, the lectures, classes and tutor sessions act as a guide and focus area for students. Students are also encouraged to develop independent critical learning in and outside the curriculum. Whereas in Nigeria, students are not encouraged to venture outside the curriculum but instead stick to it, in order to pass modules. I would strongly recommend the course to family and friends interested in this field.
"I met people and made friends by socialising at events organised by the NTU Student Union for Fresher’s Week, I also joined both the ACS (African Caribbean Society) and the Nigerian Society as well as making friends in my class and at work. I worked part-time for a hospitality recruitment agency - Michael Wishers. With them I have worked at the Capital FM arena where famous music artists hold gigs, such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Usher. I usually work serving drinks in the bar and have also worked at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham Racecourse and large local football stadiums."