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Alumni View: "If an opportunity comes to you, it comes to you for a reason."

Nida graduated in 2019 with a BSc in Computer Science and is now a product analyst for Visa, specifically working on an e-commerce project, tracking and finding inconsistencies and looking into which fixes can be made.

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1. How did your Computer Science degree prepare you for your current role?

Because of my studies, I got my first internship without knowing much about product. My Santander internship in my first year looked into big data and analytics and aligned a lot more with my strengths. I got another internship at Disney in my second year working on the business intelligence side of things and that played to my strengths too. This led to an internship at Google which taught me about the world of product and made me realise that’s what I wanted to do.

I won’t lie, university intimidated me at first but each and every experience gave me confidence and helped me to tailor my skills. Also, the massive breadth of modules you’re offered allows you to figure out what you’re good at.

2. What did you love most about your time at Queen Mary?

It’s such a jump from school to university but as time goes on you really build up a support network. You also get to make your own choices and get to be the master of your own time.

3. What advice would you give current students about planning their future?

Don’t doubt yourself! I did this a lot – my impostor syndrome hit before I’d even started at Google! But realise this; if an opportunity comes to you, it’s come to you for a reason – and don’t be afraid of applying for things.

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