The Careers Service are really helpful, they offer CV reviews, mock interviews and drop-in sessions. Also the School of Computer Science employability support team, Duncan Hull and Mabel Yau go beyond their call of duty to assist undergraduates, helping me secure my position at CitiBank.
My reasons for choosing The University of Manchester were simple, [i] ranking and [ii] employability ratings. I looked at the university rankings (THE, QS, ARWU, etc.) for Computer Science and in both domestic and international circles, The University of Manchester really stood out. The university as a whole has a strong reputation and the school has fantastic employability ratings, so this really influenced my decision to take the Computer Science with Industrial Experience course here at Manchester.
The School of Computer Science organises career fairs and networking events which involve campus visits and fast track interviews with banks, computing powerhouses and start-ups. The Careers Service are also really helpful, offering CV reviews, mock interviews and drop-in sessions. The School of Computer Science employability team, led by Duncan Hull and Mabel Yau, go beyond their call of duty to assist undergraduates, helping them find careers and placements. Like many other students graduating this year, I secured a job (at Citibank) before even commencing my final year and that is a testament to the world-class curriculum and the active career guidance here.
The first year has a good balance of hardware and software oriented units and introduces you to the fundamental principles of Computer Science, so you explore a bit of everything. In the following years, you begin to choose specific units from the areas you found interesting. The first year programming course on Java is well guided and thorough, whilst in second year, you cover C in the Algorithms and Imperative Programming unit. Eventually, in some units you are given the freedom to use your favourite programming language.
The wide variety of tools and programming languages that you learn develop your programmer’s mind set and problem solving skills. These help you to pick up new programming languages very quickly. Two of my favourite courses in the three years have been Mobile Systems, in which I learned about wireless networks and android programming, and Advanced Algorithms, in which I learned about optimisation algorithms and complex networks.
The city of Manchester is vibrant and vivacious. I have been to Mumford and Sons and Imagine Dragons concerts at the Manchester Arena, to football and cricket games at Old Trafford, to King Lear play at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and so on and so forth. The rich cultural and sports scene in Manchester guarantees that no matter your interests, there is something for your indulgence. The food is amazing, be it butter chicken, kebabs or katsu curry - the wide range of restaurants are bound to satisfy your cravings. The city offers so much and does not put a burden on your wallet.
As a final piece of advice, I would recommend opting for catered accommodation for at least the first year. There are so many things happening in Welcome Week and first year in general, finding time to cook can be difficult. I saw many of the students staying in self-catered accommodation in first year resorting to a kebab and burger diet! I actually chose catered accommodation and soon realised how beneficial it was for my first year in Manchester.
Anmol featured on our UG Graduation podcast episode which you listen to below: