Software Engineering

May 2012

Where did you Study?

Nottingham Trent Uni.

What did you Study?

BA Hons in Software Engineering.

What year did you Graduate?

2008

So we can feel more intimate, three words to describe your physical appearance.

Doctor Sheldon Cooper

What did you do when you left Uni? Be brutally honest! If you cried into a bowl of cereal every morning & treated your local pub like your favourite Uni nightclub, say so.

I got the pleasure of continuing to work in a well known, green uniformed supermarket. I had only been working there for the last 6 years so why not continue… That sucked. A lot of my friends didn’t go to Uni and of course had since started their careers in whatever it was they pursued. Jibes about, ah that nice Uni dept sure is paying itself off on your asda wage etc etc.

Although, I felt I learnt at Uni, I felt in no way prepared to enter a job and be a productive member of the team. In the software engineering world the interviews have exams in as well, so it can really depend on what someone who has been doing the job for 15+ years THINKS I should know. Nothing better than going into a job interview drudging through the typical interview questions, then having an exam which is written by an expert in a field you have barely even begun to grasp…

What are you doing now and how long do you see yourself doing it for? Are you in your dream job? If not yet, what is this?

I am a System architect, I have since done projects with Motorola, Next and NASA.

Do you think Uni has helped you to be where you are now?

I think Uni got me through the door, however I have always been interested in what I’m doing and the work I did away from Uni is what helped me most.

Any advice for graduates who aren’t yet in their dream jobs or still battling against this rubbish economy for just an interview?

Go for ANYTHING even if you think you have no chance of getting the job, who cares if you don’t, you might!! My first real job after Uni was a TINY company with only 3 people including me. A highly questionable online retailer who I would advice people never EVER to purchase from if they value money, but they were my savior. That’s all I needed, one year experience and after that people start to talk to you differently in interviews and those questions don’t seem so hard anymore.

Finally, if you would be so kind, tell us briefly about your day ahead – just in case we might want to change our career path.

CODING CODING CODING CODING CODING, tea break and a joke around the water cooler… CODING CODING CODING CODING….

And I love it!

That’s it. Lee, you have been wonderful.

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