The best part of studying in Manchester is the kind of diverse friends you make. I came back to India making friends from more than 10 different countries!
I graduated from the MSc in Advanced Computer Science: Computer Security with a Merit in 2013 and as I wanted to have a career in Information Security, I immediately enrolled in a professional ethical hacking course on my return to India. I took the exam and was certified as a 'Certified Ethical Hacker' by EC-Council soon after. I then began work improving my CV and LinkedIn profile and I opted for LinkedIn's premium ‘Job Seeker’ service. In no time at all I began receiving quite a few interview calls!
One of these calls resulted in me being successfully hired as an Associate IT Security Analyst for Pegasystems, an American product based software company, working at their branch in India. My main responsibilities cover everything related to IT security at Pega’s worldwide offices and I am the first point of contact for any information security event or cyber-attacks. I am also responsible for maintaining and analysing various IT security appliances, tools and software deployed at Pega offices worldwide.
The course at The University of Manchester has given me a comprehensive knowledge in the area of Cryptography and Computer & Network Security. This laid a strong foundation for my career in Computer Security. Apart from the knowledge, employers prefer candidates with international degrees and more specifically with degrees from World top Universities, with Manchester considered amongst these. I enjoyed the way the course units were structured and the way the students were needed to work at the end of every week. It made sure we never diverted from our goal and I miss those nights that I spent in the University completing the coursework. I also enjoyed my dissertation experience; the research work was tiring but was extremely rewarding and good fun. My research supervisor Dr Xiaojun Zeng helped double my interest in the area of machine learning.
My best piece of advice to anyone considering an MSc in the School of Computer Science would be to take the course very seriously and not find work during the first half of the course as in Manchester they are very demanding. Once you get a grip on how it works and are comfortable and settled, you are your own master.
The best part of studying in Manchester is the kind of diverse friends you make. I came back to India making friends from more than 10 different countries. I simply loved them all and miss them a great deal and hope that we keep in touch throughout our different careers.