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Benjamin Wigham

Career Path: Product Owner, Kani Payments
Location: Newcastle, UK

I've always loved software. With my degree the obvious choice would be to become a developer, however through my degree I grew my appreciation to the final product. During my degree I completed a placement year as a Project Manager, after university I took some time to develop my own application to build out a portfolio. Using this I was able to pitch myself to my current employer!

What are you doing now?Benjamin Wigham

I'm currently the Product Owner for an award winning FinTech startup; whereby I design the software and work with our team of developers to build the final product.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Two things. Firstly, Northumbria seemed to have a real appreciation for valuable employment skills, with the course tailored for such. Secondly, I loved the city!

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was good! The lecturers were kind, and always willing to provide their time. For my course we had a mix of lectures and seminars, providing a good mix of theory and practical knowledge.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

My placement was instrumental in securing a job after university; the skills I earned were deeply valuable to future employers, helping me standout against a crowded field.

What was the best thing about your course?

The lecturers as they were always thee for me when I needed them.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Aside from the core skill, Northumbria really helped me improve my social skills making me much more confident.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Whilst I loved the course, I spent a good amount of time in the SU with the various societies!

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Go for it - I've absolutely no regrets!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Valuable. Interesting. Fun.

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