Brett’s degree in Computer Science has taught him how to research.
He evaluates the sources he uses and makes sure they are reliable and appropriate to use.
This has enhanced Brett’s essay writing to such an extent that an article he has written has been published in London Business Matters. This has been a big confidence boost for Brett as well as an extremely impressive addition to his CV.
His degree has also given him the opportunity to network with leading professionals in his field.
What are the top attributes you’ve developed through your degree?
Developing good judgement over the course of the degree I’ve found a lot of it came from exam time. During exams, you’re working in quite a tight time constraint – for example 2½ hours or 2 hours for some exams. I tried to develop some good judgement as far as which questions to answer; obviously tried to answer all of them but in dire straits, which questions to answer in order to maximise results.
Critically evaluate the reliability of different sources of information:
The Business Management modules require a lot more writing of essays and researching for those essays. In doing the research and finding sources, I had to dig deeper and research those resources in order to evaluate if they were they relevant and reliable to my project, were they important for what I was trying to write and what I was trying to answer?
Engage with the professional world:
Our department would often host seminars or talks or events with professionals in the Computer Science field. They would come in for talks and events – it’s a great chance to meet, greet and mingle with these people and get involved.
What are the top attributes you’ve developed through a chosen module?
Apply my analytical skills to investigate unfamiliar problems:
One particular module stands out in my mind is High Performance Computing. When I took the module – or when it was taught to me – it was all new content, which was great because it was very current content, but the downside was that there was not a lot of past information to go on for the coursework for that module. It was largely self-taught – which I found required a lot of trial and error, for example, thinking about what would work – trying it out, seeing if it worked. Maybe half of it did and half of it didn’t – I would then analyse those results and improve from there.
Work individually and in collaboration with others:
There’s definitely one module that stands out which was Software Engineering which was taught in my 2nd year. It’s a year-long module so it covers both semesters. At the beginning of the module, you’re assigned groups – you’re put into groups of random people and from then on you work with those people for both semesters. You have no choice but to work effectively in this group in order to be successful and to complete the module and the project to a good standard.
Develop effective written and spoken English:
There is an individual report at the end of the year we had to submit regarding the project – it was marked heavily on report structure, grammar, sentences, sentence structure, and spelling. It was very strictly marked on these criteria – you had a couple of chances to submit and have it assessed as a draft report first in order to get feedback which was great. I also took part in an extra module called the Drapers’ Skills Award; the first assignment was a short essay that I later had successfully published in the London Business Matters magazine. It was quite a confidence boost to know that I could write something that was eligible to be published.