Orber Jesus

Strong prospects

After studying a BTEC Level 3 in Software Development and AS Computing at the Manchester College, as well as being involved in his own start-up company, Orber Jesus felt ready to study software engineering at undergraduate level. After considering a number of other very attractive university options, Orber eventually decided to study at Lancaster University. “It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s one I’m very glad I’ve taken,” he says. “I also considered universities such as King’s College and Queen Mary’s, but after visiting Lancaster I literally fell in love with it. The prospects here are incredible, and the University has a lot to offer to its undergraduates in many different ways.”

Lancaster’s campus environment, as well as the positive and ambitious attitude of its students and staff, were major factors in Orber’s decision to study here. “I like being able to pursue new objectives,” he explains. “The environment here makes you feel as if anything you can think of is achievable, and that’s in large part thanks to the great support you receive from the staff in your Department. In addition, I was grateful for the opportunity to study a minor subject, which is not something that many universities offer.”

A plethora of activities

Although very busy with his degree and business, Orber found time to take advantage of the opportunity to be an academic rep, as well as working on his own business. “I was an academic rep for first year software engineering  students, which has given me the opportunity to collaborate with students and staff to address problems that students might have,” he says. “In addition, I have developed my start-up company even further, and met some excellent fellow students who have proven to be great future partners in my ventures. I have even begun working on a new start-up company with several other students - since the university gives you so many contacts and opportunities, I’m making sure I make the most of them!”

Plans for the future

Orber is certain that his course in software engineering will be indispensable in his future career, and has strong aspirations for the years following his graduation. “I intend to graduate with a first class degree, and develop both of my current business ventures so that they receive a good level of recognition within both markets,” he says. “I also intend to become a software architect in the future for a large company, or work on either or both of my current start-ups.”

Advice for prospective students

Orber recommends Lancaster University to prospective students, and advises them to consider their reasons for going to university before finalising their choice. “Of all of the universities I visited, Lancaster was the only one to offer me the entire package in terms of the level of education, experience, graduate prospects etc, so it is definitely a place to consider,” he says. “Other factors regarding my decision included the impressions I gained upon visiting all the universities I applied to, as well as deciding what I was really passionate about, and why I truly wanted to study software engineering. Other things that I took into consideration were whether I wanted to take a minor subject in my first year, and whether I wanted to create a new start-up company from scratch. These are all factors that I would encourage prospective students to consider when applying to universities.”