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John BirchJohn Birch.

BSc (Hons) ICT (4 Year Sandwich Course)

Placement with Hewlett-Packard in IT End-User Service Management, Berkshire.

Why did you apply to Bradford and why did you choose your course?

After visiting the University during one of the Open Days, I was impressed having spoken to the computing lecturers, particularly about the number of SCIM students who secured industrial placements and also having looked at facilities available to SCIM students. I chose my course as it covers a wide range of computing skills, including programming languages and database design and implementation, as well as implementing business and media skills into the course.

What do you like and enjoy about the University and your course?

The social side of University is extremely enjoyable, particularly the number of opportunities available to join sports clubs and societies which provide an "escape" from the pressure of studies.

Studying ICT also gives numerous opportunities to work and complete tasks in groups, which provides great opportunities to improve skills such as team work and communication useful for the workplace environment.

What tips would you give to prospective students?

Firstly, to definitely make the most of the opportunities and facilities available at the university, such as the Careers Service, attending all tutorials and get involved in the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions. Secondly, for those on sandwich courses, ensure that you start searching and applying for placement as early as possible!

What support have you received from Career Development Services / Placement Staff?

Since starting in Bradford, I have received plenty of support from the Career Development Adviser linked to SCIM, as well as other advisers. The most beneficial support I received was help with tailoring my CV and Covering Letter when applying for placements. I visited Career Development Services several times for this and this drastically improved my CV/CL and ultimately my placement applications.

Placement support in SCIM has also been really helpful this year; having registered an interest in placements at the beginning of the year, the Placement Officer was regularly in touch with available jobs and support. The support is still continuing now that I am on my placement.

What action are you taking to improve your employability whilst at University?

I try to make the most of all opportunities available, such as joining a sports team or volunteering at the University; activities which I know will make me stand out on my CV.

What advice would you give to your fellow students about finding placement and work experience opportunities?

Ensure that you apply for roles as early as possible and do not to be disheartened if you do not hear back from the companies either. As mentioned above, make sure you tailor your applications to the company you are applying for.

Tell us about your current placement ....

I am part of a team within HP called End-User Service Management, working both independently and in project teams. My tasks during this placement vary from working on upcoming software installations and updates, performing testing on these projects and providing feedback to project managers. I also utilise Oracle databases with SQL statements to be able to track figures based on current projects on a daily basis.


Stefan ManguStefan Octavian.

BSc (Hons) Computer Science – 4 year sandwich course

Placement with JP Morgan, London.

Why did you apply to Bradford and why did you choose your course?

I have always had a strong passion for technology especially when it comes to high-end devices and how these devices interact with us in our daily life. Solving problems and complex puzzles by finding the fastest and most efficient method was something that I have always enjoyed, thus where my passion for software development and project analysis comes from.

After going through the University of Bradford information and a one-to-one meeting with a "Study Abroad Consultant", I decided that I should apply for a BSc Computer Science degree, as the subjects covered were exactly what I was looking for.  I had also heard only positive reviews about the course.  Soon after I sent my application, I was offered a place.

What do you like and enjoy about the University and your course?

The best thing about the University of Bradford is that you can easily combine the academic side of things with plenty of social activities by joining one of the societies, be it sports or even country related society where you can learn about different cultures and meet lots of new and interesting people.

Studying Computer Science gives you the opportunity to work in different industries as technology is highly demanded in all business sectors. The course itself is very well structured and gives you the option to choose which area of Computer Science you mostly want to focus on whilst covering other relevant subjects.

What tips would you give to prospective students?

Make the most of everything; don’t miss any opportunity that would help you get closer to your career such as joining a society or getting involved in all sorts of activities that might help you develop and improve key skills such as effective communication, team-work and project planning.

What support have you received from Career Development Services / Placement Staff?

I have received very good support from Career Development Services for tailoring my CV and Covering Letters for placement applications. After a few visits, my CV had drastically improved and most of my applications were successful past the first stage.

There were also plenty of sessions organised by Career Development Services to train us on how to get through the stages of the placement recruitment process, from the techniques used in answering questions, to what to expect from a telephone interview, and ultimately training for usually the last stage in the process – the assessment centre.

What action are you taking to improve your employability whilst at University?

I try to attend most of the workshops, sessions and careers events on campus as these give me the exposure to what employers are looking for. Having a part-time job whilst in university is always good as it adds value to your CV, especially if it is related to your degree, therefore whilst at university, I work as a part-time Software/Web-developer.

What advice would you give to your fellow students about finding placement and work experience opportunities?

There are plenty of placement opportunities out there. Be prepared for negative outcomes and always ask for feedback, that’s how you learn where your mistakes are and then you can correct them.  Work closely with Career Development Services as they can help you throughout the whole process of finding a placement.

Tell us about your current placement .…

I am currently doing a placement in the Technology Stream of Investment Banking with JP Morgan in London.  As part of a global team called Cleared Derivatives Technology, we support production software for both Futures and Options and Over the Counter products; our activity being mostly focused in the post trade environment/clearing space. My daily activities include providing front line application support for middle and back office users.


Alex TudorascuAlex Tudorascu.

BSc (Hons) Computer Science for Games (4 Year Sandwich Course)

Placement with Skipton Building Society, Skipton.

Why did you apply to Bradford and why did you choose your course?

Being passionate about computers and programming for a while, I decided to search for Computer Science courses. I noticed ‘Computer Science for Games’ as being one of the options and said to myself ‘this must be fun’ so I decided to give it a go. And it was exciting indeed, developing games is not just challenging, but very entertaining. I chose Bradford because it has one of the highest employability rates after graduating and it ranks highly for my area of study.

What do you like and enjoy about the University and your course?

The University has a pleasant environment for students with many societies to get involved in, supportive staff and teaches you important knowledge. My course is what I thought it to be and more. I can focus on the areas I am interested in whilst also learning about other similar, but relevant topics, thus benefiting from knowledge from a variety of areas.

What tips would you give to prospective students?

Make the most out of your student experience, yet know how to keep the balance between having fun and studying. Don’t skip lectures or labs and think of doing more than what you are asked to do. Getting involved will not only be entertaining, but also valuable for future plans and targets.

What support have you received from Career Development Services / Placement Staff?

Careers Staff helped me and provided support with everything I needed; how to create a professional CV, filling out application forms as well as dealing with interviews and assessment centres. There are also very useful workshops to attend covering a range of careers topics.

What action are you taking to improve your employability whilst at University?

In order to improve my employability, I decided to work-part time while studying, keeping in mind improving my CV and filling out application forms throughout my second year. The placement I am currently doing is definitely the most valuable asset for my future employability.

What advice would you give to your fellow students about finding placement and work experience opportunities?

Stop wasting time on Facebook! Get out there, be active, get involved and look for opportunities. The sooner you put together that CV and send out those applications, the bigger your chances of finding a placement or finding that opportunity that will change your life. So, if you’re looking for an internship/placement, log off now and set up a meeting with the Careers Service to make a start on your journey. Good luck!

Tell us about your current placement ….

I am an Infrastructure Quality Assurance (IQA) Trainee Tester at Skipton Building Society’s Head Office in Skipton. IQA is part of two sister testing teams (alongside SQA which also offers placement opportunities) which are part of the Development Service Centre at our organisation.  My tasks vary from monthly testing of the new released software to carrying out daily jobs regarding database queries for various users within the organisation. I also get involved in other projects such as website testing and other small individual projects such as keeping my team’s procedure manuals and test machines up to date.  It is a challenging and interesting role which has already increased my experience and skills significantly.

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