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Ziyaad Patel

BSc (Hons) Interactive Systems and Video Games Design
Placement with EA (Electronic Arts) Sports, Madrid, Spain (Aug 2016 – Feb 2017)

Ziyaad Patel

Why did you apply to the University of Bradford? What was your first impression of the university and the city and what did you enjoy most about your time in Bradford?

Living in a neighbouring town to the University of Bradford, I had many friends and family who studied there, all of whom had only good things to say; whether it is on the levels of teaching, the staff or even the food and buzz around the city.  Making a decision wasn’t very difficult then and the University hasn’t disappointed me; as I moulded into the city and the university very quickly and easily.

Why did you choose that particular course?  What did you like and enjoy most about the course?

Being a Gamer all my life, it is my dream to make it big within the industry that “raised” me; when seeing this course, I instantly knew I had to take this opportunity. I chose the University of Bradford over any other universities because of the access to industry used technology and the modules entailed on the course. The most enjoyable part is making games!!

What tips would you give to prospective students about the course at the University of Bradford and the university itself?

The University of Bradford is always moving forward and are constantly providing the best of staff resources and advanced technology. To students thinking of coming to the university and joining any of the Games courses, apply!  Learn and have fun, you won’t regret it!!

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

The Career Development services have been really helpful and informative.  At first like a lot of students, I took them for granted and didn’t really think much of it but after using the services, I have come to realise they were a pinnacle part in helping me build my employability skills.

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

I am constantly making new networks/connections, helping others and using the facilities at hand to excel my capabilities; whether it is using the Career Development Services to enhance employability or even the technology and programs at hand to showcase my skills.

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

The most important thing you should focus on is building up your skills and making sure you are getting yourself out there and noticed.  One of the first things you should do is build a portfolio and show off your talents.  

One of the things a lot of students take for granted is social media; this is a platform that allows us to express ourselves in a few words and still come across with a lot of personality; as someone who is constantly making new connections and finding new opportunities through LinkedIn, I can say it helps a lot.

Tell us about your current placement (include brief responsibilities)

I am currently a few weeks into my placement and I am having a great time. Being able to work on un-released content and video games I grew up playing, is a dream in itself.  As for my role, I have been working very closely with the Testing Team (entry level role in Games industry) in finding and reporting bugs and working closely with the IT team in deploying un-released software and games consoles. Now that I have gotten background knowledge, I am going to be moving to work with the lead Software Developer in solving issues related to the games titles.

How will the placement year benefit you when you return to study at the University of Bradford?

This placement year is going to be very beneficial as I have already learnt a lot about the industry, its processes and also not only learnt about the different roles but worked within them. The knowledge I will acquire and the processes I use will help me in my final year project massively and also in finding a “graduate” role after university.