I thoroughly enjoyed my year in industry and made some lifelong friends and developed professional relationships. I was involved in a number of large software development projects involving a wide range of technologies which was invaluable experience to gain so early in my career.
Prior to studying Computer Science at the University of Manchester I ran a small software development and I. T. consultancy company that I kept running throughout my studies, which helped to pay for my tuition and reading materials. I chose to study at the University of Manchester as I knew the school was rich in heritage and arguably the foundation of Computer Science. I enjoyed my time at the school and enjoy visiting from time to time to talk about what I do now to prospective graduate hires and undergraduates looking at industrial experience.
During my studies I opted to do a year in industry and secured a placement at the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. I spent around 15 months working as a software developer within a department called Discovery Information that develops software solutions to aid the scientific research in AstraZeneca’s many R&D factions. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and made some lifelong friends and professional relationships. I was involved in a number of large software development projects involving a wide range of technologies which was invaluable experience to gain so early in my career.
On reflection, the most valuable aspects and experiences gained during my time at the School of Computer Science are the ability to solve complex problems and clearly explain the processes in order to reach a solution. Secondly, the rudiments of programming that were taught at the school allow me to pick up most programming languages fairly quickly. Finally, the experience that I gained during my year in industry was invaluable and I would urge all students to consider the year in industry or at the very least a summer placement to get some experience under the belt before starting a graduate career.
Since graduating in 2009 I now work for one of the commonly known "Big Four" companies, Deloitte LLP. I work within a department called Enterprise Risk Services and a team called Data Analytics. The team specialises in data analysis and providing our client’s with insights to unlock the value from the data they hold within their large data warehouses, ERPs, and financial systems in order to save money, make money and to improve business processes.
I specialise in the utilities sector and work for the majority of the "Big Six" energy suppliers in the UK. I have embarked on several large long term projects looking particularly into the billing to settlement imbalance for both gas and electricity and performing reconciliation and route cause analysis. I also do a lot of work around settlement assurance and data quality analysis over the non-residential Scottish Water market. I find my role at Deloitte stimulating as no day is the same as the last. What I find particularly rewarding is the value added to our clients and the “real world” effect of the work that I am carrying out.