Naval Bhandari studied Computer Science at Leeds, graduating in Summer 2015. He was interested in going straight into work, but also really interested in research and doing a PhD. He wrote two posts for us last summer. In this first post, he outlines how he chose, and landed, his EngD opportunity at the University of Bath and what he found useful when considering doing a EngD.
Whilst at university, I was anxious to get into the real world and get a job, but I loved my academic studies and learning in this environment, so I was torn between a PhD and working after I had finished uni. In my second year, I had spotted a flyer on one of my lecturer’s doors and inquired about it. It was for an EngD (Doctorate of Engineering) in Computer Graphics/Digital Entertainment. EngD is similar to a PhD but aimed more at those with future interests in industry (there is further information about the differences here). The course structure had the first year be similar to a research masters degree, and the final three years in industry, whilst completing your thesis. It was aimed more towards industrial research as opposed to purely academic research. This seemed like the best of both worlds for me, as I could do full time work, as well as do research! The lecturer who advertised it explained a lot about it to me, including the hardships that come with doing a doctorate and how intense they can be. At that point I already had a placement year lined up, and I was only a second year student, so would have to wait 2 years to apply. I made sure to keep tabs on it until I entered my third year. Continue reading
Jeff Cunliffe has a background in technology management spanning 20 years starting back in 1994 for US Defense firm, Rockwell. Jeff founded Automation Consultants in 2000, a company that provides IT solutions and consultancy for clients including EE, Vodafone, HSBC, Network Rail, BT and Sky. He has an engineering degree from London University and a Masters degree in economics from Oxford University. In this guest post, he outlines the range of roles in Software Development along with key skills required.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) degrees are highly sought after amongst employers, so the job market for computer science graduates is in excellent shape. That said, not every graduate knows where to go with their career when they’ve just left university. While you may have a solid foundation of technical knowledge to work with, there are positions all over the software lifecycle, and getting an idea of which one will suit your skillset and personality when you’re pursuing an internship or your first job is harder than it looks. Continue reading
In this guest post Dee Fisher, MD of 3DPrintedJobs, gives an overview of this growing industry, key job roles within it and tips for success.
The 3D printing industry is growing rapidly and with it the demand for 3D printing jobs. This article will give you an understanding of what 3d printing is, what jobs are available, what these roles involve and some useful interview tips.
What Is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a process of building a three-dimensional object. Digital files determine the shape of the objects that are printed. 3D printing is an additive process: objects are usually created as very thin layers of material (e.g. 0.1mm) and are added in succession. The 3D printing process is also known as additive manufacturing. Continue reading
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If you’re interested in using your scientific or technical background in a different way and have an interest in legal issues, a career as a Patent Attorney could be for you. This post is a summary of some of the key points covered by Simon Belcher of Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP in a very informative presentation he delivered at the Careers Centre recently. You can find a more detailed copy of his notes on our Pearltrees account (link at the end of this post).
What does a patent attorney do?
Patent Attorneys work on behalf of individuals or organisations to help protect inventions and other intellectual property so that the owner of the property can control how it is used. In the UK ‘Patent Attorney’ is a protected title, meaning only those who have passed qualifying training and examinations may use the tile. The profession is a regulated in the UK by IPreg.
Patent Attorneys might only do patent work, or work across a wider range of intellectual property matters. This could be in a very specialised field, or across a wider range of disciplines Continue reading
If you’re considering a summer placement this year, why not look in to a Research and Leadership scholarship? That’s just what Karolis Velicka did, here he tells you how he made his summer placement happen!
I am currently a second year Computer Science student and I have been awarded the Research and Leadership Scholarship by the University of Leeds. This scholarship is available in many departments of the university and is a great opportunity for anyone looking to do something extraordinary with their summer – the scholarship comes with two paid summer placements. For me the best thing is that the topic of your placement is entirely up to you, as long as it is in your department of study! Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Fancy a career in the ever growing IT or Computing sector? In this blog post Senior Careers Consultant, Caroline Williams explains how to break in to the industry, IT graduate or not!
Imagine a world without IT? Most of us probably can’t as it is a massive industry both for personal and businesses use – most organisations nowadays have some sort of IT presence. Therefore there are many opportunities available within the sector – not just in the big IT companies. It is predicted that the recruitment of graduates for this sector is due to increase by 15% from 2012 to 2013. Continue reading