- Course: Computer Science (Industrial) BSc
- Job title: Technical Consultant
- Company: IBM
What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What are you doing in terms of your career?
After I finished my degree I went traveling in Australia for a few weeks, spending time with family and friends. Not long after my travels I started working for IBM as a Graduate Technical Consultant. After completing a five week training course at the labs in Hursley, I was assigned to my first role as a Test Analyst at Nationwide working within their digital development centre.
What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?
I work for IBM - one of the worlds largest technology and consulting companies, within the consulting arm of the company. In my current role as a Test Analyst at Nationwide, I test their internet banking apps. This involves identifying test scenarios from the business requirements and user journeys, from which test scripts are then developed. Once planning for the test has been completed and the business has signed off on it, I then complete the test raising defects along the way where required.
What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career/will help with your future career?
I would say my final year project was an experience that has helped me in my career so far, as I spent the best part of 5 months learning about a technology I knew nothing about to begin with. I learnt the discipline needed to commit to a task and how to keep going despite obstacles that appear along the way.
Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?
I chose to study my course due to how much I enjoyed IT and mathematics at both GCSE and A-level, and simply wanted to learn more. Leeds is a great university, the modules for my course were ones that interested me, the School of Computing carried out research which influenced the modules taught. Also, the size of the student population was a bonus, being from London I wanted to study in a city.
What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why? Any highlights?
One of the best parts of my course were the lecturers because they were passionate about their respective fields and were always willing to help. The best aspect of university for me would definitely have to be the students union, there was always something going on and always something to get involved in.
What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?
Like most things in life, you get out of the course what you put into it, if you want to come away with a life skill and a solid understanding then I would say make sure you put in the hours and effort. And remember that there is always someone to help you along the way - you only need to ask.