Sarah O’Gara

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I excelled at maths-based subjects in school and generally enjoyed problem-solving tasks, but I didn’t know what career I wanted. After going to the DCU open day, I decided on the common entry engineering course. After the first year, I chose to study Electronic and Computer Engineering, but couldn’t have made that decision without first taking the common entry option.

Learning for the world of work

Modules and assignments at DCU were designed to help us understand key engineering topics relevant for the world of work. They helped me understand the importance of deadlines and creating robust plans to achieve goals.

Since doing the course, I’ve had more confidence. As a DCU student, I got to publish a paper in the Irish Machine Vision & Image Processing Conference and to speak in front of a group of industry experts.

From work placement to career

I am now a software development engineer for Aws In-Memory Database Services, a role I secured having done my DCU INTRA work placement at AWS. The experience was extremely useful as it exposed me to a working environment and taught me valuable skills on project management and delivery.

If you like problem solving and challenging yourself to think outside the box for solutions then you’ll likely find the course great. And if I had a problem, I found every lecturer and student I talked to in DCU was super helpful.

Software Development Engineer at Amazon

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