Hey you! My name is Frances, and I completed my MSc in Multilingual Computing and Localization at UL, with a particular interest in website and mobile app translation, workflow automation and enterprise-class localization strategies.

I'm originally from Hong Kong, but spent most of my life in Canada. I now call Toronto my home but I'm still firmly grounded in my H.K. roots. Apart from being a full time student, I'm also a full time employee, so I just know how daunting it is if you want to stay ahead of the game.

I'm glad to be part of UL's Alumni Ambassador programme, whose mission is to help you understand how UL is a professional, achievable and affordable option for everyone.

Join me in my blog if you want to learn more about me, my program and UL. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about UL, the application process, my program, or just college in general.

Email: Frances.Wu@ul.ie

       
       
The Value of an MSc at the University of Limerick   27 July, 2017     by Frances Wu
       

Let's be honest, getting a Master's degree is a big commitment in terms of time and funding, and most of us can’t really afford to quit our jobs to go back to school. Certainly not for me. With four years of work experience, including two years as a localization project analyst at a bank, I wanted to take a leap into a formal postgrad education to boost my career, and still keep my job at the same time. In-class study was not an option.

I came across to UL's Computer Science and Information Systems department and found the Multilingual Computing and Localization MSc. Right away, I was sold by the one-year curriculum and the distance learning option. This one-year full-time program allowed me to obtain a Master's degree within a reasonably short period of time, and the opportunity to do this in a virtual classroom gave me the flexibility to determine when and where I do my coursework.

 

I'm certainly not disappointed. I'm especially impressed by the breadth and depth of the curriculum, which covers an intense variety of key industry topics over the year. This healthy mix gives me a way to link and combine knowledge from project management, automation, translation technology, machine learning and strategy into valuable lessons for my career and for the future. Most important of all, the majority of coursework is applied and technical, and in reality supports the practical work that I'm delivering on a daily basis.

One of the greatest benefits of enrolling in the program is the peers that I have met. We have some of the best conversations in class as we exchange information about different cultures and countries, ways of thinking, world perspectives, ideas, and skill sets. Because we all came from different academic and experiential backgrounds, everyone is brought in on an even playing field; your previous work experience, academic history, and industry expertise are all appreciated and acknowledged in a team environment, while still maintaining a sense of competition and challenge within the classroom. I feel graceful to have a platform to speak freely about my career aspirations and I know I will get an honest unbiased opinion.


       

Of course, working and studying full-time isn't fun for everyone. I certainly find many complexities and challenges in trying to strike a balance between my work and personal commitments. Sometimes I get drained. Sometimes things get out of hand. Sometimes I just need to take a couple days off work to catch up. There is no shortcut and the key is to restructure your time and prioritize.

Looking back at the past year, academic coursework, summer school, exams and student groups are all hard work and stimulating, but nevertheless, I felt a sense of confidence and warmth altogether.

If you're a prospective student, remember, graduate school is temporary, but the benefits last a lifetime.