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Jack Russell

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City offered Jack a curriculum suited for his interests close to London's Tech City

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

I looked at all of the MSc courses being offered in Data Science in and around London and City had by far the most comprehensive and relevant curriculum for my interests, as well as being located in a great part of town, and close to where I live. The focus on commercially relevant application of cutting edge software and techniques was also a big plus, as were City's links to major innovative tech businesses.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy the balance of theory and application, and the breadth or resources for further study we are directed to.

What has been your favourite module and why?

The big data module had us programming in Spark via the PySpark API on day one. I'm enjoying getting familiar with this technology and putting theory from the lectures into practice.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

Meeting my classmates and finding out about their backgrounds and motivation to study Data Science has been very interesting. I'm looking forward to building a valuable network here that I'll continue to engage with and benefit from long after I graduate.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I'm undecided but City has prepared me for three possible paths:
  • Join an innovative company as a data scientist
  • Join an analytical or data science consultancy
  • Set up my own start-up or consultancy. Part of the reason for taking a year out of work to study was to open myself up to serendipitous opportunities, so hopefully that will happen!


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