Connor McAleer

I have a BA degree in Business Management with overseas study in Sevilla; I achieved a first overall and was awarded ‘best performing student’. The overseas study enabled me to gain competency with Spanish writing, reading and speaking so I came to MSc Industrial Digitalisation with a unique perspective that incorporates a global business mindset.

This course provides an excellent platform to gain an understanding of Industry 4.0, but with a realistic approach. Instead of simply speculating what companies want, this course has direct links to industry and has adapted the syllabus accordingly.

It is evident throughout the teaching process that the course provides access to opportunity. For example, the weekly interactions with guest speakers allow students and businesses alike to feed and grow off each other. In addition, every Monday we have a discussion about the latest developments in Industry 4.0, making sure that our knowledge remains relevant and useful.

So far my creativity and dedication have been tested as I was at first unfamiliar with CAD technology. But this has been a great opportunity for me: by overcoming my initial difficulties and producing end-products that meet design briefs and criteria, I’m showing future employers not only that I have the technical skills, but that I am adaptable and learn quickly.

Now I am competent with Autodesk Fusion 360, and I am improving each week thanks to the MSc programme. I hope that this learning curve continues throughout the course and beyond. I want to bridge the gap between the huge potential of Industry 4.0 technology and traditional ways of manufacturing and doing business. I want to get a job in a company that embraces Industry 4.0 and I am more than willing to be geographically flexible to realise this.

Connor McAleer - Student Profile - PrintCity - Manchester Metropolitan University

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