Analyst Programmer, Homserve (MSc Computer Science 2013)
I currently work as an Analyst Programmer which means means I am involved in the architecture, design and implementation of software systems within a highly-regulated environment. I am currently specialising in integration, meaning that one of my key responsibilities is providing the ability for multiple distinct systems to communicate effectively.
How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham?
I started at Homeserve while still completing my Masters course at the University of Birmingham. After 18 months as a Software Developer working on a web-based policy management system I was promoted to the role of Analyst Programmer which I hold today.
What is the best thing about what you are doing now?
I work as part of a team of interesting and talented people in a role which challenges me to continually learn and develop. I am working within a sector for which I have genuine interest.
What motivates you?
Being able to gain a deeper and deeper understanding of technology and software development practices. Also the idea that I am building up enough experience to one day be able to work abroad.
Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?
Best university at the time for my course, great campus, great location.
What are your fondest memories of the University?
Studying an incredibly interesting discipline and being part of a close friendship group which gives me ties right across the country.
How did you grow as a person by coming to University?
While I did grow academically, I believe I grew even more personally. I feel I became a proper adult during my time at University.
What did you think of the learning experience within the University?
My Masters degree gave me a great foundation to build my career in IT. It covered a large range of aspects which are becoming more and more important in my day-to-day role.
What inspired you most during your time as a student?
Being given interesting problems to solve and being encouraged to think outside the box to find the solution.
What advice would you give to current students?
Get to lectures, work hard at all exercises but, most importantly, enjoy it!
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