Web developer, UI/UX designer, system analyst, smart creative, IT project lead, development specialist, smartphone app developer – these jobs are for you if you have studied web technology.
Head of curriculum of software development and web technology at the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS) Inna Švartsman and alumni Edward Reeds know how diverse and important IT is nowadays.
Time to work outside of school
The web technology programme at EUAS is open to both students fresh out of high school as well as adults who are working but have a degree in another field. Classes take place once or twice a month from Thursday to Sunday, allowing students to have a full-time job while studying. Plenty of options are open to alumni upon graduation.
Edward Reeds, who is currently studying for his Master’s degree in medical technology and physics at TalTech, recently graduated with such an education. Born and raised in Tallinn, Reeds worked as a software engineer during his studies and even graduated university six months ahead of others.
“Studies at EUAS were pleasant and valuable. Estonian national universities are more complicated when it comes to the organisation of studies,” Reeds notes, adding that at EUAS, he was able to commit to his studies without having to focus on other challenges.
Technology has been a part of Reeds’ life since the beginning – before enrolling at EUAS, he got a degree in technical and mechanical engineering and studied product development at TalTech. Nonetheless, he felt that he could use some practical skills in IT and business. Thus, the web technology programme at EUAS was the ideal opportunity.
Practice, projects and group work
A major part of the web technology programme at EUAS is project-based work and practice. “We had a 15 ECTS project-based entrepreneurship module, which had great emphasis on group work,” says Reeds. Students learned how to work together – a skill crucial in everyday work. Reeds also pointed out that many lecturers are practitioners who know what skills and knowledge are needed in real work.
Additionally, students must complete an internship at a company during their studies. Several options are available here – students can do their internship at their company of employment or the school can offer internship opportunities in cooperation with other companies. “Of course, students can also independently pick a company they are interested in as long as they meet the internship requirements,” says Švartsman.
Students have a variety of job opportunities upon graduating. According to Švartsman, the most common choices are web development and UX/UI design. Technology companies are very interested in creative and business specialists and smart creatives.
Although we offer applied higher education, our graduates receive a Bachelor’s degree,” says Švartsman. This means that students have the opportunity to enrol in Master’s programmes at other universities. EUAS also plans to start providing Master’s programmes in the near future.
With multiple degrees under his belt, Reeds has dared to dream big, combining three fields close to his heart: IT, medicine and mechanics. “My vision is to create a medical engineering centre specialised in developing solutions. I want to create a springboard for good and exciting ideas and help specialists create modern systems,” he says.