Prestigious placement helped kick start Luke’s career
An undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University led Luke Price into his ideal career – with a brief detour via Italy!
After completing his A Levels at St Julian’s school in Newport, when
Luke left home in 2009 he didn’t feel the need to move far with such a
well-respected institution on his doorstep.
He said: “I didn’t want to move very far as my
family is very important to me, but my local university just couldn’t
offer me the same state-of-the-art IT facilities and amazing placement
opportunities as Cardiff Met.
“Of course nightlife is important to me too, and what could be better
than the capital of Wales? Cardiff is a really diverse community with
loads going on, and the Cardiff Met public transport system made
exploring the city really easy.”
Luke was drawn to the BSc Business Information Systems course at Cardiff Met because it covered a wide range of subject matter with numerous practical, industrial applications.
Through Cardiff Met’s links with the British Computer Society,
the cutting-edge Computing and Information Systems programmes offer
pathways to cater for specialisms such as web development, multimedia
systems and digital networking.
After two years at Cardiff Met, Luke went to Italy to complete a
year-long placement working as part of the Computing Service at the
European University Institute in Fiesole, Florence.
He worked with an Italian supervisor to support around 200 users
across 4 physical sites, interacting with staff and students and fixing
MACs, PCs and mobile phones.
Luke said: “I was one of just seven placement
members, so I feel extremely lucky to have had a chance to be part of
such an esteemed institution and help improve the ideals of the
computing service’s infrastructure.
“A real highlight for me was when the European University Institute
gave us a discounted price for a sailing trip, so I spent three days on
an eight-metre boat travelling along the coast of Italy –
Another major component of Luke’s BSc Business Information Systems
was his dissertation, which investigated the effects of the Internet on
traditional media usage.
Speaking about his dissertation, Luke said: “As a blogger, it
occurred to me that I couldn’t remember the last time I’d read a
newspaper, and I wanted to find out about other people’s media habits
and see if there was a wider phenomenon.
“I did struggle to manage my time in my final year, so I was really
grateful for the support and guidance of brilliant Cardiff Met staff
like Dr Tom Crick, Dr Giles Oatley and senior lecturer Stephen Marsh.”
Within a month of graduating from Cardiff Met, Luke started work as a
Technical Analyst at Bridgend-based CGI Group, working on a major
contract for Taylor Wimpey.
Luke commented: “CGI is an excellent organisation to work for; this
job is my first step on an amazing career ladder, and eventually I hope
to become a project manager in London.”
Under the spotlight:
2006 Studied A-levels in French, Geography and Computing
2009 Started BSc Business Information Systems at Cardiff Met
2011Placement year at European University Institute in Fiesole, Florence
2013 Graduated from Cardiff Met and started work at CGI Group
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