Austin Moses

Cisco Undergraduate Prize for Outstanding Work

There’s no disputing Austin Moses’ determination to succeed. The tenacious student put himself through university by working full-time in an off-licence – and still found the energy to achieve a first class honours degree, a sought-after prize and a position with Cisco.

The support to succeed
Although he has dyslexia, Austin clearly didn’t let it stand in his way. He is full of praise for the University’s support systems. “I received extra tuition and proof reading that not only helped me polish up the work I was handing in but also taught me ‘survival’ skills that I can use to not be so disadvantaged,” he says. He also has great respect for the teaching staff and enjoyed ”learning from people with a passion and experience in the field in which they are teaching”.

Going the extra mile
Austin’s advice for standing out is simple: “To succeed in the current climate, it’s not enough to purely go through university and get a 2:1. Go the extra mile, find something that interests you passionately and throw everything you have at it ….. People will respect your passion and commitment as well as the extra study and in turn will work harder themselves to help you out.”

A great future ahead
It’s an approach that’s sure to see Austin go far. He’s taking his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification – the highest level of industry certification in the networking industry – and also has plans to progress to a PhD.