Luke Torjussen

My placement was based in London working for Goldman Sachs where I worked as part of a global software development team working to strict deadlines. The thing I enjoyed most about my placement was being able to put all the things I had been taught at University into practice, as well as learning a load of new technologies and skills, which helped me so much in my final year.

I studied Mathematics and Computing at A-level and really enjoyed the problem solving and programming aspects of the subjects. Manchester has a great reputation for Computer Science. The open day had some interesting demos and presentations, and everybody I spoke to was really friendly, which is why I chose Manchester. I studied a wide range of topics from Software Engineering to Machine Learning, but the module I found most interesting, and difficult, was 'Understanding Programming Languages' where we looked at the formal semantics of programming languages. Having done a lot of programming by the third year, it was interesting to see some theoretical computer science behind it. The modules I think were most useful to my career were 'Software Engineering' and 'Software Design using Patterns'. When I graduate I will be going into a Software Development role and the content covered in these modules are things I will use everyday.

I decided to do an Industrial Placement because I had heard that it helps students perform better in their final year, as well as possibly setting them up for a job after their degree. My placement was based in London working for Goldman Sachs where I worked as part of a global software development team working to strict deadlines. The thing I enjoyed most about my placement was being able to put all the things I had been taught at University into practice, as well as learning a load of new technologies and skills, which helped me so much in my final year.

At the end of my placement, I was offered a job and will be returning to Goldman Sachs to join their Graduate Scheme, which means I didn't need to spend my final year applying for jobs. One of the most important things I gained from my experience as a student, was finding the way that I best learn. During my degree I tried various revision/learning techniques and I now use the ones that best suit me for learning new skills in my job too.

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