4 June 2020
Q & A with Brazilian student Amanda Carvalho Modesto
Artificial Intelligence and Big Data MSc student Amanda answers our questions about her experiences as a Brazilian student at ARU. Read more…
1 April 2015
It’s true what they say, your university degree does simply go so fast. One minute you’re sitting your first class and the second you’re starting to plan your final year major project.
It’s hard to believe the hurdles I’ve overcome during the past two years. While to others I have done ‘too much’, I feel there is still so much to do in order to develop myself into becoming the person and professional I aspire to be. I feel extremely lucky, in the sense that I work with people that inspire me. I’ve worked with people that manage multiple complex projects and have a busy family life, yet still demonstrate a willingness to drop everything to give you the support and mentoring you need. This is the professional I aim to become and lately, I have adapted and increased my workload to facilitate this aim by reviewing my current skill sets, networking to learn from subject matter expects and taking courses to gain further skills which will help me in achieving my career aspirations.
The past couple of months have been incredibly busy, with being in the process of setting up a society, becoming a Senior Intern for the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, taking technical courses and finding new roles to take on at work. I will admit, there have been a couple of points where there has been a struggle, though I am slowly adapting to working more efficiently than previously and I am trying to take a more structured approach towards my work. I think with taking on a lot, while it can seem hard with doing everything and studying, I’ve started to learn to prioritise a bit better and have cut out most of my bad habits (watching TV, leaving everything until the last minute, etc) which I feel have contributed towards bettering my studying performance.
Not long ago, I took part in a training/teamworking event in Ely with a couple of senior interns and our new interns. We literally ran across Ely to find clues and decode cryptic puzzles! Upon realising I will never become a professional runner, I noticed just how valuable the day was in demonstrating how valuable communicating and teamwork is. While it’s one of the obvious points you learn in your degree, until you’re put in a situation that’s particularly tricky, you don’t even realise just how
important it is, realise it’s a skill or realise that the manner of how you execute communication is important. We came third in the first morning exercise, by the way (still proud-worthy).
While I’m on the subject of communication, I start my new role as technical author next week for two months, until my next role in June! Here’s an image of my present from my team at work as I’m moving teams (how amazing are they?!).
That’s enough for this week, though I will be posting more regularly from now on, so watch this space! :)