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Karina Karushkova

BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development student

UoS student file Karina

Karina Karushkova

I’m originally from Bulgaria but it has always been a dream of mine to study abroad and begin a career in the UK. I have always wanted to specialise in the web development industry. A degree is important in this industry and enables you to choose what area you would like to specialise in – for me this would be front-end, back-end or full stack developer.

Choosing to study Web and Mobile Development at the University of Suffolk was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The University has a high reputation within the fields of technology especially in relation to the degrees it offers for programming and system design. There is also a clear emphasis on employability after graduation. The modules of my degree are very well thought out, which is clear from the enthusiasm of our lecturers. They teach us, prepare us and support us for our future careers. All requests for additional support with both my career and academic work have always been welcomed.

Before I started at the University, I was concerned my programming skills would make it more difficult for me. However, the first year’s module in programming gave me a good foundation to build upon in future years. Now as a third-year student, I am applying what I have learnt over the previous two years in industry as a freelance Web Developer. I am really happy with the progress I have made. The course has taught me how to work in a group and on my own, using modern tools like Jira, Atom, Visual Studio, WordPress and programming languages such as PHP, Python, C#, HTML and JavaScript. These are all essential required skills for the web industry, which makes this course even more valuable.

The University itself is modern and full of opportunities. My social life has improved drastically because I have taken part in the activities and societies created by other students. There are loads of opportunities like this here, with new societies being formed each year. The campus is student-focused and has all the facilities needed. There are also many events organised to support student mental wellbeing and physical health.

I am extremely happy with my decision to join the University of Suffolk and study the BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development degree. It has given me the knowledge, tools and confidence to progress into a career in the web industry. If I could sum up the University in a single word it would be 'motivating'.