Rebecca McGowan

Technology Analyst
Bank Of America Merrill Lynch
Computer Science and Software Engineering

The experience, from challenging and exciting modules to the people you meet along the way.

The sense of community. Within my class, there was always a sense of helping each other. This environment would push us all to get the most out of everything,

Along with the skills learnt specific to technology, skills such as communication, organisation and presentation were enhanced during my time at Maynooth University. Partaking in group projects, presentations to name but a few allowed me to become aware of everyday skills that help shape a career and, in fact, life.

I would strongly advise anyone who is considering this degree to pursue it. There will be some modules that will seem more challenging than others, but if you are prepared to ask for help when needed you will suceed. Things such as the Maths Support Center are a great place to perfect stuff that you struggle with. Throw yourself into any oportunities Maynooth gives (which are plentiful) and make the most out of your time here.

As a course requirement, we were to obtain six months industrial placement, and I was lucky enough to gain this at Bank Of America Merrill Lynch. Here I learnt a multitude of new skills, and thouroughly enjoyed my time there. Thankfully, they liked me too and offered me the chance to return as a graduate after my studies. I have now worked as a graduate here for a year in a different position than that of my internship, allowing me to see a whole new part of the industry.

I was asked to be interviewed for on my experience as a Graduate. This was a huge honour for me as I was able to show how much I have enjoyed my time so far in my career.

I work in Reference Data Engagements which is a very client heavy role. Here we assist clients in receiving data by writing programs to achieve this.

The most interesting and sometimes challenging part of this role would be the global scale of it all. As we are working with clients, they are situated all around the world. This means as a team we are situated in various locations to accommodate different time zones. This allows each day to be a different day, working with others all over the globe.