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There are lots of options available to you when you have IT as one of your Arts subjects, whether you want to stay in NUIG or experience somewhere new. 

For those who want to stay in NUIG, here’s a few of the options available to you:

  • To continue on with a similar mix of the practical and theory, NUIG’s Masters in Information Technology would be a good option. It’s a 12 month taught programme, with the aim of giving you a strong mix of skills. It involves practical skills like programming, databases and software engineering, business modules, and human behaviour modules, and you’ll finished having undertaken a practical project and a research thesis. 
  • NUIG also offer a 1 year H. Dip in Software Design and Development, which as well as having more of a focus on industry, has the option to transfer into the M.Sc. in Software Design and Development. These programs have more practical subjects, with the option of industry placements, and less of a theory focus than the Masters in IT. 
  • For those looking for research courses, the IT department have both M.Sc and Ph.D options, although the best option here is to directly contact a member of staff you think would be interested in your idea, or your area of interest. The link above has more information on this, including a list of department staff. 

Of course, there are many options open to you outside of the IT departments. Many courses recognise the importance of IT skills, and the experience of both the Final Year Project and the Humanities Applications module will be of use to you in a CV or interview. 

Don’t forget to look for the graduate programmes and scholarships offered by the big names in technology too. Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell, and many more all have some very attractive programmes aimed at Irish students. Keep an eye out for events on campus, and for the early closing dates for applications that many of them have. 

If you’re looking outside of NUIG, http://postgradireland.com/ is a great place to start, as is http://www.postgrad.ie/ . The Career Development Centre are also brilliant for anyone exploring their options, and will help you out whether you’re looking to continue in education, or begin your career.  

Despite it being nearly the end of term, we still have plenty of work left. With the deadline for the presentation submission drawing near, we thought we would collect some tips from around the web that might help relieve the strain a little bit :) 

Firstly, the presentation is a pecha kucha - 20 slides, 20 seconds each, and all automatic - no touching the computer! This gives you around 6mins 40secs, and questions after in our case. It’s fast paced and concise, so it’s unlikely you’ll fit in everything about your paper. Narrow it down to main points, or stick to picking out interesting sections.

Because each slide is displayed for only 20 seconds, it must be well thought out. Pictures are better than text, but if you have to, keep the text short and bullet-pointed. Make sure that your slides are consistent, keep text styles the same throughout and watch out for spelling and punctuation. This page has a template you can download, as well as some more tips. Add slide numbers to help the audience keep track, and for you to keep an eye on your progress.

To set up the automatic transition, Pat Byrne offered this advice in an email earlier this semester, “When setting up your Powerpoint slides, go to the Animations tab (or Transitions if you are using Powerpoint 2010), and set the advance slide to “automatically” advance every 20 seconds (de-select “on mouse click”). Apply this to all slides (this option is on the same tab).” Here’s a Youtube video showing how to do this. 

You can cheat your way around the time limit by duplicating slides for an extra 20 seconds, but it might still be worth it to make small changes along the way to keep the audience’s interest.

Once you have the slides in, there’s still some things to consider. Present yourself well - be there in time, dress well (business casual judging by last year), and plenty of rehearsal done. If you’re nervous, holding a pen or something else might help keep your hands occupied, just don’t have a death-grip on your notes! There’s no need to stare down the audience either, spread your focus and speak to the whole room. Make eye contact if you’re comfortable, but don’t stare down the audience. Be prepared for questions, and if you don’t know the answer offhand, say so and offer to clarify it later. 

Further Reading: 

http://thedigitaldoctorate.com/2013/03/07/preparing-a-pecha-kucha/

http://www.speakingaboutpresenting.com/presentation-skills/pecha-kucha-presentation/

http://catherinecronin.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/pecha-kucha/

As a student, we know you’ve a lot going on and a lot to do, which means you need to be organised. We can help make this task a lot easier by simply using specific tools available to you, which you might not be aware of before now! Here are a few suggestions of some of the great free Apps now available to you, to make the process easier!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any suggestions, please let us know on Facebook

Blackboard MobileTM Learn – Avoid the hassle of having to turn on your computer, by simply downloading the blackboard App. Makes it easier for you to keep up with your courses by letting you access them whenever and wherever you want! - iOS - Android

Windows Live Hotmail – Many of us have a mail apps built into our smart phones but many of us have multiple email accounts. So why not download the Hotmail app and connect your student email address to it; have On-The-Go access to it so you don’t miss any important announcement every again! There’s no offical equivalent for iOS, but have a look at what’s available in the App Store to suit your needs.- Android

Student Timetable Free: No more paper – This app is a life saver for when you can’t remember where you’re meant to be or what times your next lecture. It’s very simple to use and follow, allowing you to input all the necessary information you need on a timetable. - iOS only

Homework - An Android app for timetables, tracking assignments and deadlines. It’s free, and has lots of other features, best of which is that it automatically turns your phone on and off silent according to your class schedule!  - Android only 

Easy Note + To Do – This is a simple yet effective notes and to-do app for all your college and personal reminders. It allows you to organise your notes into folders, tick them off as completed and assign due dates and level of priority to individual notes – allowing you see how many days are left until this item is due! Worth downloading! - iOS - Android

Your stock Calendar app is also useful for inputting information on important dates and setting reminders. This will probably depend on your phone, but can usually be synced with Google Calender or similar. 

Dropbox and Google Drive are not only great for switching between computers, you can now also access documents on mobile devices. Simply choose the one that suits you best and you’ll never have to worry about losing access to your assignments again!

Facebook- Got a query about Final BA I.T? Use the Facebook app to log onto our Final Year BA I.T. page and post your query or interact with fellow students in your class. - iOS - Android

We’ll keep updating this with any suggestion that we get, so please let us know of other Apps you use regularly on Facebook!