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How a Foundation Degree Helped Michael Become a Software Developer


Michael Gardiner, from South Belfast has completed his Cloud and Applications Development Foundation Degree at Belfast Met this year. The skills that he has gained on the course helped him to get a job in March this year as a Junior Software Developer at Applied Systems.

Michael spoke about his learning journey, “ My interest in IT was sparked through video gaming when I was younger and, over a period of time, I became more interested in web and application development.

“I started University a few years ago but found that the course didn’t suit me. When I found out about the part time Foundation Degree online at Belfast Met online, I applied, as I was working and needed to fit my studies around my job as a manager at McDonalds.

“The course has really helped build my self confidence as well as my IT skills. My lecturers encouraged and motivated me to build my C.V. and gave me really useful feedback and the confidence to apply for jobs in IT and now have a job as a Junior Software Developer that I enjoy.

Talking of his plans for the future Michael continued, “I have a good network of friends from the course that I will stay in touch with and I’m enjoying the challenge of working on bigger and more complicated IT projects with a larger team. I’m very much looking forward to continuing my learning journey and to job promotions in the future.”

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