In this blog post, we shine a light on the specialist field of computing, where new technologies continue to rapidly advance and improve. PG Dip Cyber Security student, Shota Kameyama, shares his advice for those thinking of pursuing a computing degree and what attracted him to study with the University of Essex Online.
Welcome to our Q&A! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Shota Kameyama, and I‘m currently studying for a PG Dip Cyber Security with the University of Essex Online. I also work full-time for one of Japan’s largest fintech companies.
What attracted you to apply for a computing course at the University of Essex Online?
I chose to pursue a computing course during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, it was challenging to find campus-based courses, so this triggered my research into online alternatives. The University of Essex Online provided me with the option to study an online postgraduate course with no need to complete a dissertation, which suited my needs.
What advice would you give to prospective students thinking of studying computing?
Online study requires more dedication than regular classroom learning. At the beginning, there’s a learning curve to managing your time, adapting to new learning tools and getting to grips with computing assignments. However, the support desk at the University of Essex Online is on hand to help you with any technical challenges along the way. For efficiency, I recommend planning out your academic responsibilities in advance.
Which computing modules have been your favourite so far and why?
My favourite modules have been the Principles of Digital Forensics and Cyber Law. If I hadn’t enrolled on the course, I may not have come across this area of computing. After learning this new information, I realised how important it is to understand digital forensics and cyber law, especially with modern-day technology. I’m now much more mindful of cyber laws as a result.
What are the best aspects of online study?
The balance of studying and having a personal life works really well. Online study provides you with a lot of freedom and although it can be difficult to manage schedules, if you properly plan ahead, you can enjoy both worlds. Travel is also an option while studying, as long as you have internet access. It’s wonderful to be able to do both!
Finally, what are your career aspirations post-study?
I hope to utilise my new skills and knowledge more often in my current professional role within the fintech industry. I’ll also continue to read academic material to further my learning and keep my cyber security knowledge up-to-date for competitiveness.
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