After gaining a distinction in
MSc Information and Communication Technology Management at the
Cardiff School of Management, Edita Gondzic secured a place on a prestigious graduate scheme at ‘big four’ company, KPMG.
Edita completed her first degree at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and applied for an international scholarship through the European Commission as part of the Erasmus Mundus scheme. She was accepted at two universities in Italy and Amsterdam, but decided on Cardiff Met and enrolled in October 2013.
Speaking about her choice, Edita said: “After doing some research I decided to choose the Cardiff School of Management course because it was better-rounded and the quality of the teaching was of a higher standard. The lecturers who were part of the course were experts in their fields and I felt I could learn a lot from them.
“As an international student it was daunting to start at a place that was unfamiliar, but Cardiff Metropolitan was very welcoming and helped eased me in. Everyone was friendly and helpful.”
Having enjoyed her course, Edita met with careers advisors at Cardiff Met and discussed opportunities after her course. She then found the graduate scheme at KPMG and applied after submitting her thesis.
Edita secured a position on KPMG’s elite graduate scheme, where there were 32,000 applicants for just 200 places, and attributes part of her success to her Cardiff Met course.
She said: “The course prepared me for both the application process and my career. The modules are planned out to help you think in the right way and I was able apply the knowledge I gained at university throughout the several stages of the application process. I have often come across subjects I studied on my course throughout my career, such as end user computing risk management which I have found very relevant and applicable."
“I think that the MSc is a course that is suitable for individuals who are looking to go in to the related industry and those who are already in employment looking to increase their skills. There is a good balance between theoretical and practical learning on the course and this has helped me transition easily between my academic studies and professional career.”
Edita’s MSc project is a prime example of Cardiff Met’s practical and theoretical learning. Having enjoyed the Business Analysis module, Edita worked with the Learning and Teaching Development Unit and three other academic Schools to review the transition to the ‘Moodle’ online learning platform. She saw potential in the new system and worked closely with the Schools to help them understand the transition as well as the benefits of Moodle.
Under the Spotlight:
2009 – 2012: First class honours in BE Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Sarajevo
2012 – 2013: Vice-Chairman for Internal Affairs at Electrical Engineering Students’ European Association
2013 - 2015: Distinction in MSc Information and Communication Technology Management, Cardiff Met
2015: Technology Risk Analyst at KPMG