Alexander Sankey graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012 with a degree in Computing. Since graduating he has gone on to work for international IT services provider, FDM Group. Below Alexander shares his experience that followed this opportunity.
At university I thoroughly enjoyed studying my degree in Computing and I chose the subject because I had always had a passion for all aspects of computing and technology. My degree revolved heavily around Computer Science, Programming and Databases; it was from an early stage in my degree that I decided I wanted to progress into the Programming and Software industry. There were areas of my degree that helped give me an idea of what it would be like to work in this industry; I enjoyed working through a project in detail, and learning about the methodologies, planning, implementing and testing stages that are involved in a project.
Once I had graduated from the University of Leeds I went travelling around Canada and America for a few months. When I returned, I joined the many other graduates in the search for a job, in which I had a hard time finding anything that did not require any previous industry experience. After the initial start to my search I discovered FDM Group. FDM offers graduates without any industry experience, the training and commercial experience they need to go and work on site as trained IT Consultants with their prestigious clients.
I followed FDM’s application process and applied for a place on their Software Testing training stream. After attending one of their assessment days in the Manchester Academy I successfully gained a place starting that month. The training was full-time Monday to Friday, which really put me into a normal working routine compared to the routine I had whilst studying at university. The training included a lot of practical work on projects such as UNIX, SQL development and various automation tools – the practical side to the training made it more enjoyable and easier to take in what I was learning. The training also provided me with an industry standard testing qualification, ISTQB-ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level, as well as providing me with professional development skills such as CV writing, presentation and interview skills. The professional development area of the training really helped when it came down to securing a role out on client site.
Securing my job
Shortly after I had completed my training, FDM secured me an interview with one of their clients ‘Cubic Transportation Systems’ who provide specialist transportation ticketing devices and services, and software to governments and transportation companies globally.
I have now been with Cubic Transportation Systems for just over a year. During my time here I have worked on several projects involving different transportation systems, such as the Oyster card in London. I have also worked on a similar project to the Oyster card over in Sydney, Australia for a couple of months which has been the highlight of my time here at Cubic Transportation Systems.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity that FDM have given me at Cubic Transportation Systems, where I am valued for the hard work and effort that I put in. It has given me invaluable experience that will only help to progress my career further. I can only thank FDM Group and the University of Leeds for my success so far.