Alexander Duncan

Alexander Duncan took several computing courses at London Met (an extended degree in Computer Networking including a foundation year, followed by a Network Management and Security MSc), all of which helped him to secure a position at industry leaders Cisco. He talks about his time at London Met here.

What would you like to say about your course(s)?

All the networking courses were split between theoretical and hands-on. This was very beneficial as you learnt the theory of how things worked, but also got to see it work by using the labs. Networking equipment in the labs is to a very good standard – when I was studying, we had some of the latest equipment from Cisco.

What is the most important thing that stands out from your course?

Great teachers that are willing to help and passionate about what they do, as well as gaining hands-on experience from lab work.

Industrial contacts/employment opportunities?

My first job in computer networking was because London Met put me up for an interview with Rank Interactive (a betting company).

How did the course help with your current job?

Most of what I do requires a good knowledge of how networks work and operate – without this understanding, I couldn’t be doing my job.

What is your current role and what are your plans for the future?

Currently I am a Pre-Sales Systems Engineer at Cisco, aligned to one of the top global accounts. My career plan is to become a solution architect. 

Any other things that you would like to say about your course?

The course at London met offers great opportunities to gain hands-on experience on real networking equipment, something that otherwise you would not get to do. Even as a network admin, a company would never let you jump onto a device and start playing around with config on a live network! This is where the course at London Met adds great value, as you get to build real networks from scratch and test them out.

Currently I am working at Cisco as an associate systems engineer, and feel this would have not been possible without the support of the University. I would like to personally thank all the instructors that made this possible, especially Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani, Harry Benetatos, Dr Nicholas Ioannides and Tarik Molalign. Without them, I would have not achieved what I have today.