So this is my blog were I post inspiration of all variety’s, plus a bit of comedy might creep in occasionally who knows but the big news this week is I finished my degree. (Creative Media Computing BSc Hons..), and I wanted to post about it somewhere. I finished on a very comfortable 2:1 classification, and I am very pleased. I worked very hard, and had a lot of sleepless nights worrying. I strived for that first class and I was so close to achieving it.
The big question is, am I disapointed that I didn’t get it?
Oh no! Well a little). One thing I learnt early on in life is to always look at the bigger picture. Firstly, not that there has not been anyone capable of acheiving it, but no one in my family has ever been fortunate enough to study at degree level. Let alone achieve a high classification. Secondly when I think back to before I started my degree I have to think about the timing. By 2009 there had already been two years of econmic decline. By then I knew it would take a long time for the world and country to recover. Opportunities are improving now, and fortunatly I choose my degree in the knowledge that digital media and computing careers will continue to grow. The last three years proved me absolutely right. Plus I didn’t imagine that I would of work on the kind of projects over the last three years. Thirdly, during my degree I continued to work as I have always done since I left school and was able. I look at this two ways, often there were times when work reduced the quanity of university work and research I could complete. On the other hand without working while at university I would be in a much worse finacial position. Finally (with a slightly romantic aside) I met my very wonderful partner on the same course (he got a 1st class), and together now when asked that earth shuddering graduate question “What do you want to do next?” we answer, “Take over the world of course”.
All of that considered I am very pleased. We don’t just want a job, we want a career. We will continue to work damn hard to make sure we get it.
Steve Jobs, was one of the most inspirational geeks around. This is how an organisation should be run. Not with hierarchy and threats, but with passion, perseverance and trust. It might not seem like much to people who have yet to work in many organisations but it shows. The best idea’s should win, arguments are good. Research history alone shows that in a time when we are evolving at an exponential rate, fresh new minds can well and truely trump an expert of a field for centurys.