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Software Engineering Graduate Profile: Grant Armstrong


What was your undergraduate degree and when did you graduate?
Software Engineering – 2010

What is your job title and role?
My current role is a Software Developer.

Could you briefly describe the organization you work for?
I work for a company named ‘Rieo Communications’. They provide high speed internet access which means they provide the software and hardware to allow users to access the internet. The software enables monitoring and controlling of factors such as price, download and upload speed at a given location etc.

Did any of your degree modules inspire you or help you in choosing your job? How?
The degree I persued shaped my understanding of software as a whole and allowed me to make an informed decision about the type of role I wanted to undertake.

What modules are most helpful to you in your job?
The modules that helped me the most were data structures and algorithms along with Software Engineering Principals along with networking.

Where do you find yourself using the transferable skills that you developed in University?
SEP instilled a knowledge in me that I use every day, to maintain the flow of development. I learned how to communicate effectively and I obtained a good understanding of principals which are crucial to software engineering.

Where do you use your specialist skills and abilities?
I use programming, networking and databases every day along with communication and problem solving skills.

Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?
I typically get given a problem or a specification to solve/implement and I come up with a design and I test the design. Then I would implement and test it. I also have to liaise with different people within the company to make sure that my solution meets the needs of the customer.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?
The part I get the most enjoyment from is solving a problem that is complex and seeing it work in the real work outside of the development environment. This includes all the stages of development.

Any tips for someone wanting to develop a career in your sector?
I would look at the skills that are in demand and match them to the skills that you like to use and decide which degree matches both the demand and the skills you want to develop.

Posted: 2013.

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