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I Can Develop A Website In Three Days

Dwayne Peter Tuhairwe is a 3rd Year student who will be graduating on 29th September 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS).

Dwayne Peter Tuhairwe

After four (4) months of community engagement, he was retained and offered a job opportunity at Nile Breweries.  Peter shared his success story and his three year learning experience at UTAMU.

QN: Tell us about your current job, position held and what tasks you undertake.

Dwayne: I am currently working in the IT Department at Nile Breweries Uganda.  My work is mainly systems administration, troubleshooting user ICT problems, networking and maintenance, computer repairs and website administration.

QN: How did you get that job yet you were still a student?

Dwayne: First of all, I had no connections. I just woke up one morning, went to Nile Breweries and I requested the officer to allow me to work as an intern in their organization. I was so happy when they took me in. I was given tasks which I undertook. Later, the organization communicated that they needed to outsource someone to revamp their website. I told them I could do the work. They thought I was an amateur but on contrary, I asked them to give me a chance. I had to compete with three other people. My works marveled them. There I was! They decided to hire me.

QN: Congratulations, you are working with one of the biggest organizations in Uganda, what skills did you employ to win the favour of your bosses to the extent of retaining you or offering you a job opportunity?
Commitment to my assignments, resilience and innovation. I have learnt that skills can take you places. Not the money.

QN: Besides the job offer, what other benefits can you site that have come in as a result of community engagement?
I have met and interacted with industry experts which has increased my contact base. I have since obtained who inspire me.

QN: Do you think the UTAMU Teaching and learning system is effective in making students job creators?

Dwayne: UTAMU introduced me to the latest technology. The mode of delivery triggers students to be innovative, to learn more on their own as opposed to depending on what is given in class. The course was practical.

Dwayne: Do you have a mentor? Does anyone inspire you?
Dr. Johnson Mwebaze! I want to be a code professional that he is.

QN: Any advice for students who don’t value community engagement ?
I believe the opportunities are there. We just have to be shrewd, aggressive and go getters. A job will not find you in your comfort zones. You must look for it. Also, students must aim at acquiring more skills and knowledge beyond class work. In your spare time, go to YouTube, teach yourself something. Remember many graduates have academic papers and every employer will ask you why they should hire you.

QN: After everything else is forgotten? What will you remember UTAMU for?

Dwayne: I want to mention that I will be enrolling a master’s course right after graduation. But also, if you scanned through Universities in Uganda, you realize that UTAMU appeals to the digital generation. The Elearning platform enables students to study anytime anywhere. The case studies given to us by lecturers trigger us to learn more on our own.  



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