BSc (Hons) Business Computing Placement with Eclipse Legal System, Bradford (July 2016 – July 2017)
Why did you apply to the University of Bradford? What was your first impression of the university and the city? What did you enjoy most about your time in Bradford?
As I wanted a place not too far from home (Manchester), Bradford seemed like a reasonable option to me. After visiting an “Open Day” at the University of Bradford, I was intrigued by the support and facilities the University had to offer. The environment seemed like the ideal place for me to learn, grow and expand as an individual.
Also, the University is well known in the UK for its reputation in computer science. I have enjoyed learning new skills and learning more about different cultures, as Bradford is a multicultural city which will enable me to develop myself as a professional in the industry.
Why did you choose that particular course? What did you like and enjoy most about the course?
I choose my BSc (Hons) Business Computing as it offered me a good mix of both computing and business knowledge; giving me insights into different sectors in an IT and Business industry. I felt this course will be able to provide me with the required skills and knowledge needed for my future career. The course also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experiences from different sectors and participate in a 12 month industrial programme.
What tips would you give to prospective students about the course at the University of Bradford and the university itself?
I would encourage prospective students to do some research about the course and potential career prospects. They should make use of every opportunity and support the university has to offer such as being a PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Leader; Student Course Representative; or joining societies as this will allow them to develop themselves both in their career and personal aspect; making them stand out from other employees. Students should also apply for the six-week Summer Work Experience (targeted at first and second year students) which is a way to get some money and knowledge during summer.
I would also advise students to consider doing a sandwich degree course where you spend one year working in industry, as this will offer great opportunities to individuals and act as a stepping stone to their future, making them that one step closer to their career goals.
Lastly, do not give up and enjoy your university life.
What support have you received from Career Development Services / Placement Staff?
The level of support provided by the Career Development Services is remarkable. They offer various workshops and talks to students throughout the year. The Careers staff helped to improve my CV and also prepared me for job interviews by conducting mock interviews.
The Careers Fairs provided for students is very valuable as it provides opportunities for them to network and expand their contacts. I recommend every student at the University of Bradford to make use of the facilities provided by Career Development Services.
What action are you taking to improve your employability whilst at University?
I have been involved in numerous group projects within my course which has improved my team-working, communication and problem solving skills. I have been able to improve my organisational skills by prioritising my work efficiently and managing to complete given tasks in time.
I also volunteered to be a Student Representative for my course. This gave me the opportunity to attend meetings with both staff and students discussing and contributing ideas to improve students’ experience.
During the summer, I participated in a six-week Summer Work Experience which has improved my technical and transferable skills.
What advice would you give to your fellow students about finding placement and work experience opportunities?
Get your CV and Cover Letter done as soon as possible and start searching early for placement opportunities. Make sure your CV and Cover Letter matches the job role. Make use of Career Development Services, in terms of seeking help for CVs, mock interviews and cover letters; attending Careers Fairs and talks going on around the university.
Sign up to various placement websites such as Gradcracker, Rate my placement and also register with the University JobsOnline Database
Don’t rely on others to find the job for you, search for jobs yourself and be quick to apply when opportunities come along. Do not give up, as searching for placements requires a lot of hard work and effort to be put into the job process. If you are unsuccessful in a job, be positive and use feedback given to improve yourself for the next interview.
Tell us about your current placement (include brief responsibilities)
I will be working as a First Line Support with Eclipse Legal, Bradford; starting in July 2016. I will be part of a team of six and will be providing assistance to clients on the use of Eclipse Proclaim Software and Database Management.
How will the placement year benefit you when you return to study at the University of Bradford?
Alongside gaining practical experience and improving my transferable skills for progressing into my career, a year out will enable me to implement what I have learnt so far into the real world. It will also provide me with the opportunity to gain a better insight and understanding of current developments in the sector/ industry. In addition, I will be able to apply additional skills and knowledge gained during the placement, to practice in my final year.