London Connection Q&A: Jiun Hong Lim

BSc Computing and Information Systems graduate Jiun Hong Lim talks skill sets, encrypting files and how to get a first
Jiun Hong Lim
"The skill sets are vast": computing graduate Jiun Hong Lim pictured in Senate House, University of London
The University of London Computing and Information Systems degree gives you the best of both worlds: it gives you technical skills as well as the more tacit business and management skills

What initially sparked your interest in the area of computing and information systems?
I've been interested in computing since I was young. After my A levels I was thinking I should study computing so I looked through my options. And one of the very interesting options was the University of London Computing and Information Systems degree because it gives you the best of both worlds: it gives you technical skills as well as the more tacit business and management skills.

You studied for the degree at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). Was that an enjoyable experience?
Yes, SIM is a fantastic teaching institute. They have very good lecturers and are very committed - even the administrative staff are really helpful during and even after completing my stint there.

What particular skills did you learn when you were studying for the degree?
The skill sets are vast. We learnt programming in Java, some basic web programming and SQL. We also learnt management skills like software engineering management. The courses in Years 1 and 2 are very technical and it's easy to score well if you study hard. The Level 3 course 'Information systems management' was especially useful - it was one of the toughest courses and it actually inspired me to do my Masters degree.

What did you write your final project about?
I wrote my project on distributed systems: to create a secure distributed system by splitting a file up into packets, and to encrypt the file before you split it and then separate it into different servers. I wrote a simulator and I tested the viability of the system.

"For the more qualitative Level 3 courses you have to read the course guide - the course guides are really good. If you follow them, and study beyond them, you understand what the examiners really want."

Is there a secret to gaining a First Class degree?
For Level 1 and 2 I tried out different programmes - Java, SQL, web development - and all these skills helped me to understand the ideas behind what I was studying. For the more qualitative Level 3 courses you have to read the course guide - the course guides are really good. If you follow them, and study beyond them, you understand what the examiners really want. You can't learn technical things without trying them by putting them into practice and experimenting. That's one of the key things that people have to understand when it comes to learning how to use technology.

It was a big surprise for all of us when we came to Level 3 and we had to take six half courses and a project in one year. Each half course felt like one whole unit! It was one of the most challenging periods of my University of London life there.

How was the graduation ceremony?
I went to both graduation ceremonies, the one in the Barbican Centre and the one back in Singapore at SIM. It was fantastic to meet [Programme Director] Maggie Cooper. And when I flew back to Singapore I got to meet her again! It was perfect.

Could you tell us a little bit about the course you're now studying at LSE?
I'm studying MSc Management, Information Systems and Innovation. It's a social science course, more about how information systems and innovations are affecting people in organisations around the world and vice versa. It gives me a very different perspective: what I learned before gave me one viewpoint and now this gives me another. And that forms a very complete picture about information systems.

Your undergraduate degree seems to have provided a good preparation for postgraduate study?
Yes. Because I have the technical perspective I can understand why people think a certain way. So when teachers in class bring up things like object-oriented programming I think, yeah, I did that in Year 2.

What are your future careers plans?
I'm actually starting to look for jobs now - both back in Singapore and also in the UK and Europe, mostly in the IT or investment banking industry.

  • Find out more about studying for a University of London degree in Singapore.
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