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Sadia Ali

BSc (Hons) Information and Communication Technology

Graduate Sadia worked part-time for the University as a Laboratory Demonstrator during her final year. Currently she is working full-time as a Graduate Application Support Analyst and has big plans for the future.

“I’ve always had a passion for Information Technology. At college, I studied a BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners and it was obvious then that ICT was my path. Birmingham City University’s Information and Communications Technology course had interesting content, and I’m glad I chose to study it.

“The course content looked appealing; there was a variety of content covering different aspects of IT. I enjoyed this the most as I was able to learn new things and develop knowledge in different topics. The practical work was great too.

“The support from the staff was excellent; my lecturers were very approachable and helpful. The faculty resources were very good, and at the City Centre Campus I loved the atmosphere. The social learning area on campus was perfect, as it was great for group work and meetings.

“It was a great experience moving away to study and live in a city. The atmosphere is very lively and there’s a lot to see and do outside of University, student life in Birmingham was really fun. The events held by the University were also really exciting and fun.

“During my final year I worked part-time as a Laboratory Demonstrator for the University. This involved helping second year students during their technical lab class as well as assisting the lecturer and invigilating during students’ exams.

“Currently I am infull-time employment working as a Graduate Application Support Analyst for a small IT company named tPoint Solutions. My work covers different areas of IT including first line support, front end (CRM) development, SQL (writing code for development and troubleshooting), project work as well as Software testing, including mobile apps and online systems. I do love my job, but I miss University life – I’d love to live it all again!

“In the future I intend to stay in full-time employment. I would love to run my own company so I can, not only be my own boss, but share my passion for ICT with the rest of the world. Technology is rapidly developing and I hope to be a part of this and give others the opportunity to do so too.

“My advice for future students studying Information, Communications and Technology is to enjoy the course and student life because it really does fly by. Stay motivated, stay determined and keep your end goal in mind at all times. Stay organised and do not be afraid to ask the lecturers for help! ICT is a brilliant course and so interesting.”