Daniel Kerry

I really like the course; one of the best aspects is the balance it strikes between theoretical Computer Science and practical Computer Science, both of which are fundamental to understanding the subject.

I chose to study Computer Science because I wanted to study a degree that would give clear career potential. I really like the course; one of the best aspects is the balance it strikes between theoretical Computer Science and practical Computer Science, both of which are fundamental to understanding the subject.

I did my placement year at GE Aviation Wales, where GE overhauls and repairs commercial aircraft engines. Going on placement was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only did it expose me to the real world of working in industry, it gave me the opportunity to apply the skills I had learnt in my first two years of university to real situations. I gained experience of interacting with customers and working within budget and time constraints that are hard to emulate in a university environment. Finally, it gave me a solid job offer before I even started my final year of study.

I feel I have grown massively in confidence since the start of my placement, through interacting with people face to face and over the phone. It has exposed to me some of the weaknesses in my knowledge, and it helped me to choose my final year modules so I could fill those gaps. Above all though, I feel it has shown me that I can stand on my own two feet in the real world, and when I have been applying for graduate jobs I have far more experience to call upon in interviews because of my industry year.

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