Shaun Bohannon

I found my degree programme exciting, challenging and thought provoking. Particularly attractive aspects of the course to me were the prevalence of the UNIX operating system throughout the curriculum, and the sheer amount of opportunity for face time with world leading academics.

Current position: Commodities eDealing team at Goldman Sachs

Living in Manchester as a student is about as good as it gets. You have the benefit of the hustle and bustle of city life whilst maintaining the campus feel of quieter universities. Another benefit is that, due to the huge number of students in the area, everything is reasonably priced and affordable on a student budget. I found my degree programme exciting, challenging and thought provoking. Particularly attractive aspects of the course to me were the prevalence of the UNIX operating system throughout the curriculum, and the sheer amount of opportunity for face time with world leading academics.

I currently work for Goldman Sachs in the Commodities Electronic trading team. I work in a small team and as such my role is a mixture of many. On any typical day I will spend around half of my time in the office developing electronic trading applications, the remainder will be split between ensuring the smooth operation of our live environment and working with our sales team introducing new clients to our trading platform.

This is an industry where milliseconds matter; The algorithms courses that I studied gave me an understanding of how to optimise and refine sometimes complex code in surprisingly simple ways. In my current role, I routinely draw upon techniques learned in the first year of my degree in courses such as Networks, Operating Systems and Distributed Computing.

Having been able to programme before joining the School, the degree programme helped me to fully understand the 'why' concept to compliment my existing ‘how’ knowledge. The analytical skills taught on the course have many applications outside of Computer Science and have changed the way I tackle problems.

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