Noel wants to contribute to the future of technology. He wants to be part of the next big thing. And he plans to use his Bachelor of Computer Engineering (Honours) to do just that.
Growing up in Kuwait, Noel moved to Australia to pursue his studies – deciding on the laid-back lifestyle of Newcastle over the crowded city of Sydney.
“One of the things I love most about studying at the University of Newcastle is the opportunity to expand and grow not only in knowledge but in discovering oneself.
“I’m really passionate about addressing the needs of the future while also focusing on prolonging the resources we have for generations to come.
“The courses I’m studying have helped develop my understanding of the importance of technical communication – from project management to complex problem-solving through software and hardware development. I’ve also worked on designing computer systems and electrical circuits that could power things like autonomous reverse parking.
“My degree places an emphasis on theory but is always complemented with hands-on experience in the labs. The learning really helps get you ready for a job in the industry” Noel said.
Having never previously held a job, Noel was able to gain work experience through the University of Newcastle, even volunteering with multiple university-run programs throughout his studies.
“I was able to learn a number of skills you wouldn’t learn in a classroom. My volunteer work included time with Student Central, UON Global with the iLEAD program and Newcastle International College (NIC).
“I also ended up doing my practical work experience with the University’s IT Services, Resources Division which was relevant to my field of study.
“It was a fantastic experience and made me realise there’s so much more to learn – not only in the classroom but through hands-on learning,’ Noel said.
So, if there was one piece of advice Noel could give to fellow students, what would it be?
“Be prepared to have your life changed and try to get out of your comfort zone. You’re not only investing the years of study to get that dream job, but to also get to know yourself. Be open and always stay curious and ready to learn more,” Noel said.
Growing up in Kuwait, Noel was attracted to the laid-back lifestyle of Newcastle where he decided to study his Bachelor of Computer Engineering (Honours).
I’m really passionate about addressing the needs of the future while also focusing on prolonging the resources we have for generations to come.