Digital & Technology Solutions student Umayah Tahsin

Umayah Tahsin

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

I chose to study at the University of Leeds because it is a prestigious institution and highly valued by employers. The course that I am studying, sponsored by PwC, is only available to a select few Universities, Leeds being one of them, which was another reason for studying here.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The best part of being on this course is the sense of community you get right from the start. Being part of a small cohort in a huge course like computer science definitely helped me to settle in easier and find like-minded peers. Throughout the year we would occasionally meet in the Leeds office and have socials, including the Christmas party, which helped us stay well connected. Some of my closest friendships are with people studying on the same course which has made my overall experience at university enjoyable.

Another aspect is that the course includes two summer internships and a placement year in the third year of my degree. Having these integrated into the programme means that I don’t have to worry about applying to and securing internships or a placement year elsewhere!  This structure allows me to enjoy everything that student life has to offer, focusing on academics and the social aspects of University.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

In the second year, I developed a fitness web application as part of a group project where we practically applied what we had learned in Software Engineering such as Scrum, paired programming and agile software development.

For my first summer placement at PwC, I worked in Technology Consulting on a client project based in London. I worked on a thought leadership piece on how the client, who was in the consumer packaged goods industry, could leverage technology to improve their processes. I joined the Sales team to help deliver a full-scale digital transformation of their customer relation management platform.

I am currently in my industrial placement at PwC working in Robotics Process Automation (RPA). The work involves developing software robots that can complete on-screen, repetitive tasks as a way to reduce costs and improve quality and accuracy in a process.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds has a great cultural scene where you can meet lots of different people and try something new. It has a thriving business and technology space with great employment prospects for graduates, particularly those in Computer Science.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I would like to work towards a career in technology that has a meaningful impact on society - this includes being involved in projects aimed at bridging the gender gap in the tech industry. I hope to continue to explore different avenues in technology, build my professional network and develop my technical skills. My placements at PwC have given me the opportunity to work across many teams within technology, provided me with quality training and a support network to allow me to achieve my goals.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

This course is the perfect combination of academia and industry experience. If you are curious about how technology impacts the world, then this course is definitely one to apply to. You get real industry experience in technology and professional services and a guaranteed job offer upon graduating with a 2.1 or above.