Catherine Lumb

Catherine Lumb

Final year project: The Customer Decision Process and User Interaction in E-commerce

Why did you decide to study your particular course?

Having especially enjoyed studying Information Technology at A-level, taking the subject at degree level was a natural progression and an exciting way in which to broaden my knowledge and skill set. I chose this particular course due to its innovative nature and growing importance in the modern world.

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

After visiting and researching many different Universities, the decision to study at Leeds was made easy for a number of reasons, including its prestigious reputation as a member of the Russell Group Association, its impressive computing facilities and libraries, along with its vibrant atmosphere and charming buildings. The City itself was also an influential factor, offering much culture and an extremely diverse music scene.

What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why?

I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course and, in my opinion, the combination of both technical and business-related modules available is one of the best aspects, as it provides students with in-depth technical skills (e.g. programming), while encouraginggood industry practise through modules such as project management and professional development.

What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

During my time at Leeds I was part of the University’s Computer Society (CompSoc).Being a member of this Society involved taking part in both social and computing events such as Otley runs and coding events/competitions.I was also a member of the University gym, which provides state of the art facilities and an array of fitness classes.

What are you doing now, what does your job involve?

After graduating, I began work at a Yachting Supplies Company (DSM Group) taking care of their networking and digital media. However, I will be returning to the University of Leeds to pursue a Masters degree in Information Systems and Information Management after being awarded a Scholarship and two other bursaries.The Masters course will enable me to apply my technical background and knowledge in a business-oriented environment. Furthermore, I plan to continue working for DSM on a part-time basis during my postgraduate study.

How did your course help/how will it help your future career?

The course has helped me a great deal with future career prospects on many levels by providing me with useful and applicable academic skills and specialised modules in employability, which gave invaluable advice. It has given me the confidence to go forward with interesting career opportunities where my knowledge and skills can be put to a practical use, helping future employers to achieve the best from their IT systems.

What would you say to students thinking about coming to do the same course?

It is very exciting to be at the forefront of modern computer technology and I would highly recommend studying in the School of Computing at Leeds University to anyone, as it offers great facilities, enthusiastic and helpful teaching staff and excellent skills which are in high demand.