Name: Kesiena Owho-Ovuakporie
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Course: BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
School: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Year of graduation: 2010
Year of study: 3 year
Experience at the University
"Before applying to universities, I knew the subjects I was good at but was not sure about the branch of engineering to specialise in. I wanted an undergraduate degree which would equip me with a broad-based foundation on the fundamentals of electrical, electronic, communication and software engineering while at the same time providing me with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities and develop other inter-personal skills. The university’s reputation in Engineering and the quality of its careers service were some of the main reasons why I chose to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Manchester.
I never actually realised the true value of studying here until my final year when I kept coming across graduates from this university in top positions during job interviews. I am glad that the transferable skills and technical competence I have acquired provided me with the right set of skills and confidence needed to succeed at job interviews even when competing alongside students with Masters Degrees from Oxbridge and other top universities. Having undertaken a software engineering summer internship with Google and secured a graduate job with Deutsche Bank, I believe I made the right decision by choosing to study EEE here in Manchester.
In addition to attending lectures and working on various individual and team projects, I have also had the chance to participate in various extracurricular activities ranging from sports to social events and voluntary work. As a university student ambassador, I have had the opportunity to facilitate campus tours, open days, skills workshops and other interactive sessions with prospective students and parents. This has been a great experience which also served as a flexible part-time job. In my 2nd and 3rd years I have also worked as a PASS (peer assisted study session) leader for the school by helping new students adapt to the academic demands and university life in general.
I always hoped for a transformative university experience with opportunities to take part in lots of interesting activities, acquire new skills, and make new friends. I am pleased to be studying EEE at The University of Manchester which has met and exceeded all my expectations."