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University Recommendations


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A presentation by Sean O’Mahoney for Salford City College

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University Recommendations

  1. 1. University Recommendations & GitHub – Getting the most out of Uni as a Computing Student A presentation by Sean O’Mahoney for Salford City College
  2. 2. Contents  Who am I?  Activities (iDEA, Science and Engineering Extra-Curricular Award, Futures Skills Award, etc)  Societies / Students Union (SU)  Networking  Projects  Hackathons  GitHub  Blogging  Imposter Syndrome  General Advice
  3. 3. Who Am I?  Pendleton College - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT Software Development (QCF): D*D*D*  Manchester Metropolitan University – Computer Science: Expected First Class Honours Degree  Roles: Societies Council Academic Rep, Computing Society Head, Photography Society Head, Peer Mentor, 2nd Year Computer Science Rep, Workshop Lead, Digital Content Ambassador  Workshops/Talks Ran: 20 (Web Stuff, JavaScript, GitHub, Photoshop, Photography)  Meetups Attended: 200+  Hackathons Attended: 9  GitHub Repos: 40+ Public, 40+ Private (including NDA & University Projects)  Lover of Web Development & Music (JavaScript & Panic at the Disco)
  4. 4. Village Data Quest Manchester Web Meetup Homeless Hack (Winners) Student Hack VI (2nd Place) Panic at the Disco After-party OTB Hackathon Storytellers Unite BCS Hackathon (2nd Place) Future Artists VR Lab 2
  5. 5. Activities  iDEA  Science and Engineering Extra-Curricular Award  Futures Skills Award  Etc Pick up useful skills, make new friends and boost your CV
  6. 6. The Union / Societies  Student Voice, raise any concerns and get help  Academic Societies: Computing / Hello Hackers / Ethical Hacking  Other Societies: Rock / Nerds / Gaming / Pole / Table Top … (90+)
  7. 7. Networking   Great to find new technologies  Can help solve technical issues  Embed into the tech community  Meet your potential employer  Grow your LinkedIn Network  Usually serve free refreshments
  8. 8. Projects  Learn either from University or in your own time  Apply that learning by setting yourself a goal/challenge  Make that challenge slightly difficult for yourself (requiring more learning over time)  Complete the challenge/project and document it, put it on GitHub and your CV  Repeat the cycle, learning more and building your portfolio  Advice on:
  9. 9. Hackathons   “A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems.”  Insight to common practice  Learning  CV Building  Swag
  10. 10. GitHub  Repos = Project Folders  Version Tracking (go back in time)  Collaboration at Scale (no USBs)  Unit Tests (Testing Projects for Errors)  CI/CD (Continues Integration / Deployment, update your code, updates servers)  GitHub Pages, quickly deploy websites (put them online without FTP)
  11. 11. Blogging  For Projects/Blog/Conferences/Talks  Sets you apart from the competition  Proves your experience to employers
  12. 12. Imposter Syndrome “The imposter syndrome is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud” - Megan Dalla-Camina
  13. 13. General Advice  Do the Maths module/unit, it WILL help you in first year on a Computing related course  Give back, volunteers/mentor  Jobs4Students is a decent way to earn a little extra money through University  Don’t be embarrassed to ask a stupid question  Have fun
  14. 14. Any Questions?