Md Ashraful Islam Alomgir
- Current role: IT Consultant
- Year of graduation: 2017
- Degree course: MSc Computer Networking Principle and Practice
We asked Ashraful...
What is your current role and how did you get to this point in your career?
I work as an IT Consultant in an IT firm in London. I did gain one year work experience as an IT Support Engineer with an IT company during my placement period which has helped me to get there.
How did your studies at the University of Hertfordshire help shape your career?
Industry focused curriculum and practical aspects of my study helped me to get a job. The curriculum is well up to date with the industry and the teachers are very helpful and approachable which makes the learning process fun.
What made you decide to study at this University?
It's employability ranking and connection with the industry which I found spot on during my studies at the University. Also, the dedicated placement tutors and lecturers and the career and employability department where there is always someone available to help you out with CV writing, career advice, workshops and so on. Brilliant!
What was the best or most useful thing about your course?
Computer Networking has a hands on approach as the way it should be. All the modules are delivered in a way that after finishing studying, I understood what I had learnt and what I was going to be doing in the very near future.
What is your stand out memory from your time at the University?
When I got my result MSc with a Distinction, it was the proudest moment. All the hard work and dedication paid off at last. And the best bit was I already had a job offer just a week after I had finished my studies. What more could I have expected? Simply wonderful!
Are you still in contact with friends you met at the University of Hertfordshire?
Yes I'm still in touch with them, they're doing well also. Some of them working in the industry and some of them are doing their research degrees.
What advice would you give your younger self if you were starting at the University tomorrow?
Work hard, work hard and if you can, please work harder. There's no alternative to hard work and dedication. Count your time, it's limited and make it worthwhile. Clear focus and aspirations to succeed will lead you there if you put in your time and work. If you want it, work for it.
Do you have any advice for University of Hertfordshire graduates who are considering a career in your industry?
Yes, please find your area of interest and stick to it as it's very easy to get distracted. Keep working on the things that you like and before you know it you'll be there.
What are your future career plans/ ambitions?
Becoming a cyber security specialist. This is the area I was always focused on and want to do more in the future. To achieve this I have already gained industry recognised renowned certification, Microsoft MCSA Windows server, Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching and Cisco CCNA Security. I also plan to do further study and work in this area to excel.