Robert Overs

Robert Overs

Robert Overs

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2019
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Specialisation: Advanced Computer Science and Econometrics

Leap of faith

I started my undergrad at Monash studying Biomedical Science and Commerce, but after one semester, I decided that Biomed wasn't for me. So I began looking for something else to study in its place as I wanted to keep the versatility that a double degree offered.

After doing a little bit of research on the other courses taught at Monash, it was Computer Science that caught my eye. I'd always been interested in learning how to code, and maths was something I enjoyed during high school – so I decided to apply for the course transfer and I haven't regretted it since!

Ticking all the boxes

I chose Monash because I wanted to pursue two courses, and among the many things Monash is known for, the flexibility it offers with its double degrees is undoubtedly one of the best. The breadth you get from studying two different fields is highly valuable as it broadens your expertise and widens your career prospects.

I'm also an interstate student, and Monash's on-campus accommodation options were very attractive compared to some of the other universities.

Versatil–IT

One of my favourite things about this course so far is how invaluable the skills I’ve learned have been in my personal life. Knowing how to code has opened up a new avenue for me to be creative. I love how the practical skills gained in class can be combined with my passions and used to create things like websites, apps, games and more!

Creating a new normal

The biggest challenge for me recently was adapting my study routine to the effects of the pandemic.

Before the lockdowns began, I was someone who regularly studied in libraries or study spaces. So studying from home was hard to get used to, but I was determined to make it work. I made my home environment as conducive to studying as possible – I removed distractions, got a monitor for my laptop, and even added a few decorations around my desk to make it more comfortable!

Upgrading the university experience

In my second year of uni, I joined the Monash Association of Coding (MAC), and this year, I’ve been fortunate enough to become a member of the committee. MAC is one of Monash's IT clubs that focuses on technical workshops that aim to upskill students in a collaborative environment.

Being part of a student organisation has helped my self-development immensely. I’ve gained experience organising and running events, communicating with industry sponsors and managing teams. On top of that, I’ve had a blast meeting new people.

Endless possibilities with IT

Over the upcoming summer break, I'll be interning at Deloitte within their Platform Engineering unit. I'm hoping this will give me some insight into what it’s like to work in the tech industry because my guess is that I’ll take up a technical role after graduation.

I believe in going with the flow to see where life takes me, so I haven’t decided exactly which direction within the tech sphere to pursue after graduation. I’m considering software engineering or development, or maybe something in the FinTech space where I can utilise my Commerce degree as well.

Pearls of wisdom for future students

For those considering the Computer Science and Commerce combination, I'd recommend planning out your course map early in your degree, especially if you want to do IBL. There are often units that are only offered in one semester of the year, and for IBL you need to find an entirely free semester which can be tricky as you don't get many electives.

And if you're interested in getting a bit more out of your university experience, I really recommend getting involved with a student club. Joining MAC has been one of the best decisions I've made within my undergraduate experience!