Meet Ifatgar Ahmed, Curriculum Director for Computing

6 April 2020 Computing

Meet Ifatgar Ahmed, Curriculum Director for Computing

We sat down with Ifatgar Ahmed, to talk about his new role as Curriculum Director for Computing at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

Why did you decide to start teaching at the UTC?
I’d visited UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park several times before and had a very positive first impression. I knew that the UTC had a good reputation and it looked like a great place to teach, which encouraged me to apply for the job.

How did you get into teaching?
I worked in IT previously, which was mostly shift work, so I had time in the day to learn new skills. I started working as a Technician for Design Technology, which gave me lots of technical experience. I’ve had experience working in networking with ISPs, and I’ve also been a Cisco Academy Instructor. I was curious to see if I could use what I had learnt in this job in practice, which inspired me to start a teaching career. I am passionate about the computing industry, so felt motivated to teach it to others.

What do you find interesting about computing?
It’s always changing and it’s a fast-paced industry, so there are always new skills and software you can learn, which is exciting. Computing skills are needed, especially in today’s society, as the world is becoming more technical, so it’s vital to have an understanding of this industry. I like that it’s a challenge and that I’m always learning on the job.

What skills do you think computing students need?
The computing industry is constantly evolving, so students need to be flexible and be willing to learn new skills. They will need a basic understanding of technical skills, such as artificial intelligence and cyber security. They should have the ability to work both independently and within a team, which involves having good communication skills and being able to confidently present ideas to others.

What are you looking forward to in your new role?
I am enthusiastic about working with passionate and motivated students and making a difference to their lives, by providing them with valuable technical skills they can use in their future employment. I want to challenge students and make suggestions to improve the computing course, so that it appeals to a wider range of students. I’m looking forward to expanding my skillset and working in a positive learning environment.