An edX Computer Science course can inspire a new career path
An edX course I took in February 2013 has changed my entire life! I’m from Northern Ireland, and graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Civil Engineering in 2010, but I hadn’t enjoyed my undergraduate degree and had been working in temporary administrative roles from graduation.
In February 2013 I took MITx 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming. My boyfriend talked me into taking the course with him. I had never programmed before and was unsure at first, but as it was a free online course I felt there was no harm in giving it a go. It was the first one I done. My boyfriend picked this course because he had previous experience programming but wanted to learn an object oriented language.
The course was amazing. It was so hard and at times and I wanted to give up because some weeks it took me so long. It was taught very well, and I found I kept going back because I wanted to learn more. My boyfriend and I watched the videos together, assignments and the tests got competitive! After the course was finished I didn’t really know what to do with myself. The edX course taught me so much and I wanted to use it, so I looked into what can I do next.
Shortly after completing the course I found a university masters course in software development – a conversion masters. I applied and started in September 2013. The masters course was an intense year, but thanks to the head start the edX course gave me I did very well, I actually graduate tomorrow at the top of my class.
The masters finished at the end of September 2014, and in October I started a PhD in speech and vision systems within the computer science department of Queen’s University Belfast. In February 2015 it will be 2 years from starting that edX course, and I now have a masters in the topic and will be 6 months into my PhD… and prior to the edX course I had no experience in this area.
Not only has the edX course changed my career I am also happier because I am doing something that challenges me and I enjoy it so much.
Thank you edX, MIT and the course staff!