Jamie Balfour BSc

Welcome to my personal website!

Technology enthusiast

I am very interested in technology, particularly relating to computer science. I am most interested in web design and development.

My main hobby is programming. One of my most well known products from this is ZPE. I also am the sole creator of BalfBlog, BalfBar and BalfSlider.

A little bit about me

In 1997, when I was six years of age, I got my very first computer. I was always very interested in the ins and outs of it and dismantled it to see how it worked.

Years later, in 2016 I received my BSc (with honours) in Computer Science, obtaining a First class degree.

I'd like to welcome you to my website and hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed building it!

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Since I am to receive an honours degree on the 21st of June, I am now at the biggest crossroads in my life. I have four different paths that I can now take, all of which I have been considering for sometime:

  1. Go out and get a job - Find a job in computing or computing-related work. I really do want to do this right now and would happily do this.
  2. Go and get my teacher training - This one is the one that I have always wanted to do, until very recently when this path hit a great big bump and I've been left wondering if it's worth it or not.
  3. Do an MSc - with a First Class degree it would not be that hard for me to go out and do a Masters degree, but I don't really feel like I want to learn any more stuff through being taught.
  4. Do a PhD - it was always my plan to go and do a PhD at some point in my life, and I originally wanted to do a couple of years of teaching before it, but after just finishing my dissertation and really enjoying the research side of things I feel that there is no better time than now. If I find a PhD I like some time soon, I will go down that route. 

I'm currently really enjoying the time off/working freelance for the last time but I really need to move to the next place. 

10.06.2016

I've given up on teaching. Obviously there are enough people doing teacher training and teaching computing in Scotland for them to need me. I do not think I will reconsider this in the future now, since if I go out and work I will not want to disrupt all of that now. If I go and do a PhD I will aim to be a lecturer instead.

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