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Meet Romulo Gomes Da Silva, QA Engineer in Regtech CSS

I am Romulo Gomes da Silva, aged 30 years old, and I come from Brazil.

Today, I work as QA Engineer in a Regtech called CSS. My journey in Ireland started in 2013 with the intention of studying English. At that moment I did not know anybody or anywhere, so I had to face the challenges and fears that all International students have by myself. Fortunately, Ireland is a great place and I quickly fell in love with the country and all the friendly people living here. I decided then to stay longer.

That was when I decided to take a degree course at Dorset College Dublin, so that I could have a better future developing my skills and having a better chance of competing in the job market. I started my course in 2015 and I had the opportunity to learn from great lectures. I had a great time during my 3 years in Dorset College, and I graduated in 2018.

Being a part of Dorset helped me to achieve my goals. Today, I am happy with the decision I took and my plans have exceeded my expectations. I live in a great country and have a job that I love which is going to help me with a work permit which is my dream.

What Programme did you study at Dorset College and why?
The course I took at Dorset College was the Bachelor of Science Computing & Multimedia. I had decided that I wanted to live longer in Ireland, but as an International student it would be difficult do without developing my skills.

I Graduated in Business Administration in Brazil and I knew I would have a better opportunity to achieve my goals of getting a job that would provide me with a work-permit with really good IT skills. That is because there was a high demand for IT professionals in the Irish job market. I started looking for some degree courses available in Dublin until I finally found Dorset College. The college caught my attention by the modules included in the course (Special Game Design), location and price. So, there was no doubt about where I wanted to start learning IT. I applied for the course and started it in 2015. I knew the college could provide me the right tools to fill the gap in IT and all the critical skills required for the job market. After some years, I was actually right with my decision!

Why did you choose to study at Dorset College?
The modules included in the course were more attractive to me than some other colleges. There was a lot of programming related subjects like Java, JavaScript, C# for Unity, PHP, and others. The fact that we were going to have some experience with multimedia was also a plus that interested me. I knew I would be able to honour my expenses during the whole course just keeping my part-time job and without running into financial problems.

How was your experience studying at Dorset College Dublin?
I had a great experience in Dorset College. I had great lecturers that helped me a lot during my time in the college and I am grateful to them. I even had the opportunity to work as an intern in a company. That experience helped make my CV richer and my knowledge increased! I could use what I was learning in the college for this opportunity in a real job environment was a great moment that helped me to get prepared for the competition in the job market.

What three values do you think Dorset College offers on a professional and personal level?
Continuous Learning – The college always tried to inspire me to have better results and improve myself.
Teamwork – The college encouraged team work and a very positive aspect was the interaction between the staff who were always helpful which made the challenges easier to overcome.
Simplicity – The college size allowed staff and lecturers to provide personal attention which was a very positive aspect for me. The things I learned and the people I met helped me to be a better person and professional.

What recommendation would you have for those who are thinking about studying with Us?
Be focused and persistent in your goals! Dorset was one of the biggest decisions I took in my life and it helped me with the tools necessary to fight for my space in the Irish job market. I got a good job and I am about to have the work-permit applied. So, if you have a goal do not give up, just fight for you dreams, give the best and you can achieve anything!

How has your experience at Dorset College influenced your professional development?
Dorset showed me that I could really transform the passion I had for computers into something useful and that could change my life. I became much more confident about my skills, learned to work better in a team and even communicate better. As an IT professional, I used many of the things I learned from my lectures in past jobs or in personal projects, for example; SQL to deal with databases, programming languages like JavaScript to run automated tests, C# to work in tasks using Unity Engine, Java to make personal Apps for Android devices, PHP – HTML – CSS to work on web development and much more. But it’s not just the development process that I learned, the planning process is as important as the development, and a few examples I can mention I had the opportunity to see was UML Diagrams, Functional Specifications, Flowcharts and Storyboards.

Dorset is… The door to a bright future!

Romulo Gomes Da Silva
Bachelor of Science in Computing
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