Athina Tatsi, from Greece, is studying our MSc in Digital Health Systems. Find out what led to Athina joining Strathclyde and why she enjoys studying here.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Strathclyde?
I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde as well.
How did you find out about the University of Strathclyde?
My older brother chose to study at the University of Strathclyde first, so I followed.
What made you choose to study your course at the University of Strathclyde?
Thinking about my future career and deciding to move from psychology into digital health, Strathclyde offered the most suitable course for me, compared to other universities.
How did you find the application process?
The application process was reasonable, requiring appropriate information to indicate your willingness and eligibility to study the specific course.
What did you enjoy the most about your course?
The class that I loved the most in my course was the Decision Support and Health Analytics class. We had weekly labs that taught us how to use R Studio and weekly classes that discussed issues around data, data analysis, data management, data in health and care services, decision making in the health and care sector etc. All these information were very valuable for me and the career I chose to chase after university.
Life after University
Have you found a job since graduating from the University of Strathclyde?
Yes. I will be a Clinical statistical programmer. This means that I will work for a company that conducts data analysis to consult and inform pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies of clinical trial results.
In what ways did your course prepare you for your job?
Overall, all the skills acquired from the MSc in Digital Health Systems were and will be proven useful for the job market. More specifically, the Decision Support and Health Analytics class and the skills acquired form it were very relevant to the job position I applied for. In addition to that, the Database Fundamentals class introduced me to programming, SQL and database management. The knowledge acquired from that course really helped me to pass a programming test required to get a job offer.
How easy did you find getting a job was after you graduated?
To be honest, I was quite lucky on the application process. I only managed to apply for a couple of jobs after my exams were over and I was writing my MSc thesis. I got invited to an assessment centre in London and ended up getting the job. This means that early in July I knew that I would start a job at the end of September.
What advice would you give to students looking for a job after they graduate?
You chose to do a course that will give you plenty of skills that you can use to follow various career paths. Don’t get disappointed with the first rejection(s), eventually you will get exactly where you want to be.
Life in Glasgow
What did you enjoy about living in Glasgow?
The fact that it has so many options in terms of events, places, cultures etc. that it never gets boring. I am already living in Glasgow for 5 years and I don’t plan to leave any time soon.
How welcoming did you find Strathclyde and Glasgow?
“People make Glasgow” is the motto of the city and it’s totally right. People in Glasgow are extremely friendly and welcoming. It felt like my second home right away. Strathclyde was exactly the same.
What’s the best thing about university life at Strathclyde?
I can’t decide what is the best thing about university life at Strathclyde, but I can guarantee that there are so many options (clubs, societies, events) that everyone will find ways to have fun.
What advice would you give to a student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?
Go for it, you won’t regret it.