Opening pathways to the communications sector

Obinna Onugha (27) originally from Nigeria, graduated from Robert Gordon University in December 2012 with an MSc in Communications and Computer Network Engineering with Distinction, having achieved straight ‘A’ grades in every module.

Obinna OnughaObinna was also offered a place to study in Swansea but decided to enrol at RGU as the course at the School of Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and due to the University’s ranking as top modern university in the UK by the Sunday Times University Guide 2012.

Prior to his studies in Aberdeen, Obinna obtained a BEng in Electrical Electronics Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

He comments: “Aberdeen is a thriving city and with its status as the ‘Oil Capital of Europe’ has a wide range of opportunities for engineers.

“After receiving modest grades in my first degree, I knew this was not a true reflection of my potential and after gaining entry to Robert Gordon University, I strived to redeem myself by achieving the best grades I possibly could during my Masters studies.”

As well as knuckling down to his studies, Obinna threw himself into life at University attending various events including careers fairs, Christmas carol concert, a student summit in Glasgow and a charity visit to Aberdeen Foyer. The busy student also joined RGU Rifle Club, was a student member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and took a class visit to the historic Dunnottar Castle located 15 miles south of Aberdeen.

As a committed Christian, Obinna was also active in his local church, Jesus House (City of God) where he still works as part of the Production Team.

He continues: “I found life in Aberdeen challenging at first, adapting to the different culture and educational system and of course, getting used to the chilly Scottish weather!

“Getting involved in student groups and societies were a great way to meet new people from diverse backgrounds and make lifelong friends and connections. The church community, my friends and fellow students were all incredibly supportive during my time at University.

“My tutors at the School of Engineering were very accessible and keen to help with any issues as was my Course Leader Dr MacLeod, who was an exceptional mentor.

“On a University-wide level, from the library services to the accommodation facilities, I found that RGU provided a very conducive environment for learning and study.”

Earlier this year, Obinna was delighted to learn he had received a job offer from Harris Caprock Communications, a global provider of satellite and terrestrial communications solutions, where he has started work as a CSC Engineer.

He adds: “I am a tech-savvy person and have always been interested in telecommunications – one of the fastest growing industries in the world which is constantly changing with new innovations and technology.

“Our clients at Harris Caprock vary from oil companies with offshore locations to marine companies with cruise lines across the globe. As a Customer Support Centre Engineer, my role primarily involves troubleshooting incidents. This often requires me to liaise directly with our clients and field technicians to investigate issues. So far I’ve found the role very exciting as it exposes me to a broad range of technologies and people from diverse cultures.

“Someone once said to me ‘choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’. For me, enrolling in the MSc course was a step in the right direction on my path to a new career.”