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Graduate Profile: Luke Byers

During the Working Week

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At the Weekend ūüôā

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Q. What is your Name? Luke Byers

Q. What was your University course? BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

Q. What is your job title and role? Technology Risk Analyst

Q. Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ)

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job?

Business environments (internal and external), Business Continuity Management (BCM), Written and presenting skills.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?

Analysis and reporting of data, testing of controls in place to mitigate risks and providing assurance to risk managers. Providing advice to ensure people comply with policies.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?

Operational risk is an interesting space with so many factors, In particular I enjoy working within the Technology department and understanding how a large financial organisation deals with the changing landscape of technology trends and cyber threats.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career?

If you see an opportunity that interests you don’t be afraid to go for it. Prepare for interviews well, be confident in yourself and you will get a chance!

Q. A Quote that sums up your time at the University?

I learned a lot while having fun and making friends along the way, what more could you ask for!

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First Class Result for the School of Applied Computing

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At the School of Applied Computing exceptional numbers of First Class Honours students have graduated, with many also receiving the prestigious British Computer Society (BCS) Award.

Professor Ian Wells, Head of School said: ‚ÄúThe School of Applied Computing at UWTSD is proud to announce that we have an exceptional number of First Class Honours students graduating this year. We have eight in Computing and six in ‚ÄėElectrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (two of which are at MEng (Master of Engineering) level). Five of the Computing students will also receive the British Computer Society (BCS) award giving them full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and membership of the BCS. In a profession where traditionally there are few females these results are of particular significance since four of the students receiving the award are female.‚ÄĚ

Professor Wells added: ‚ÄúHolding CITP status reflects your integrity, professionalism and dedication to your work. Your status will be recognised in a formal listing of Chartered IT Professionals on a register available to potential clients and employers on the BCS website.‚ÄĚ

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Applied Computing Degree Show 2016

*CONGRATULATIONS * to all our HND, Degree and Masters students on completing their final year projects. For more pictures please click on the image below:
Degree show 2016

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It’s Hand-in Day for year 3’s Exhibition Boards

It’s been a busy day¬†in the SoAC School Office as our third years call in to drop off their Exhibition Boards for marking.

But there‚Äôs far¬†more to the Exhibition Boards than simply getting a good grade.¬† Producing an A1-size poster summarising their degree project also gives students the opportunity to develop¬†presentation and marketing skills ‚Äď vital in today‚Äôs workplace.

After the¬†boards have been marked, the students will be displaying¬†their work¬†to the public at the School’s 2016¬†Degree Show at TechHub on May 26th. But as well as showcasing their boards, the¬†poster event also gives them the chance to¬†meet local employers who are looking for graduates with their skills.

Businesses and entrepreneurs come to the annual event to browse the ability, innovation and initiative on show.¬†¬† But they don‚Äôt just look. ¬†Impressed employers at previous years’ Degree Shows¬†have offered¬†graduate placements and work experience¬†.. . so don’t miss it!

Graduate Profile: Dafydd Moore @ John Lewis PLC

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What was your undergraduate degree?

BSc (Hons) Web Management

What is your job title and role?
IT Communications and Engagement Manager for John Lewis PLC.  This role involves bringing together key stakeholders from around the business to understand the capabilities of technology and how we can turn it into a strategic advantage for our business.

Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for?
John Lewis Partnership is a multi-site retailer consisting of John Lewis Department stores and Waitrose Supermarkets. It is the UKs largest employee owned business.

Did you complete a foundation degree or HND/C before studying for your degree?
Yes, I completed a HND first then converted this into a BSc.

Where do you find yourself using the skills that you developed in University?
At my time in University I started my development journey in some key skills that I use daily at work.  Critical reasoning, researching and going beyond the obvious to get to the heart of a matter,  meeting deadlines and working in teams were some of the key ones.  If you want to be more of a technical expert you need to work hard to keep these skills current and marketable, view the skills you have been taught as the start of a learning journey that carries on once you complete your formal education.

Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?
Every day is very different. I have a team of Engagement Managers and Communication Officers.  The Engagement team look after the strategic requirements of the end users ensuring our IT function understands their needs and they are informing our architecture, delivery and service operations teams making sure they are aware what is going on in the business.  I meet with these most mornings and review our service delivery performance.  I will then have various meetings and discussions or site visits to understand where we can make the most difference to our business and how we can manage the value perception of IT.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?
I am very fortunate I get to work at the cutting edge of IT and am tasked with understanding new technologies, the impact they may have on our business and how we can use this to be the disruptor in our sector rather than the disrupted.  This can involve supplier visits to companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple or technology shows such as NRF in New York.

Any tips for someone wanting to develop a career in your sector?
The longer I have worked in IT the more certain I am that people skills will play a more and more important role for those that want to pursue a career in IT.¬† All the work I do now is very collaborative and stakeholder management is critical.¬† As you progress through your studies take time to support those around you and understand how the work you are doing might help them…..and have fun it is a great industry to work in!

Graduate Profile: Thomas Coleman

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  1. What was your HE course? BSc (Hons) Web Development
  2. What is your job title and role? PHP Web Developer, the role involves working on the weekly development sprints in conjunction with my colleagues and the other departments.
  3. Could you briefly describe the organization you work for? “Cobalt Telephone Technologies (http://www.ctt.co.uk/) is part of the Parkmobile worldwide group. We specialise in developing and delivering self-service payment and transactional environments, which simplify the lives of individuals and the organisations they interact with. Our solutions, which typically operate via mobile phone, fixed phone or web, are innovative and secure.” Basically a player in the global parking industry. Very cool ūüėČ
  4. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? The ability to problem solve and be able to work with others. The ability to read code and try to understand how it pieces together. If you view University as training you for the working world, when you work hard and push yourself to deliver assignments, it helps translate over into “The real world”.
  5. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? Typically I get in at 8:00am, look to see what active Jira tickets I have to finish, if none I pick another ticket up from the sprint. I will then start working on the ticket and often with my colleagues. Once I finish the development work (if any was needed), I will test it locally, then push the code to the staging environment and test it there. Once that is done I will ask for it to be code reviewed by peers, who would then pass it on to the QA team who will either verify it and close the ticket (pending being put live once a week), or will come back with feedback, and put it back into development. Typically my working hours are 8:00am-4:30pm with a lunch break of an hour.
  6. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I enjoy having enough work to do, that I don’t get bored, but not too much that there is too much pressure which would create a bad working environment. I also enjoy that there is quite a relaxed working environment with friendly and social colleagues.

Graduate: Simon Bennett – BSc (Hons) Web Development

After Graduating earlier this year Simon Bennett tells us about his time at University of Wales Trinity Saint David studying for a BSc (Hons) in Web Development:

For course information please click here: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/computing/

Publishing Success: Archie Watt

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Congratulations to final year student Archie Watt¬†from the B.Sc.(Hons)¬†Computer Networks¬†degree who¬†has successfully published a journal article in the University’s journal of undergraduate research.¬†The main focus of the paper is on security policies for a BYOD network, and the additional challenges that can be faced when developing a security policy for such a network.¬†From the Abstract:

 The paper emphasizes the importance of security policies and also studies some of the main factors that can hinder their effectiveness, including insufficient security training for employees.   Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is also examined in detail, including the various advantages and disadvantages that it can bring to an organization supporting it, and the various factors, such as advances in wireless network technologies and the greatly increased use of mobile computing devices, such as tablets and smartphones, that have led to its growth over the last few years.

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“The aim of publication ¬†is to¬†promote research at undergraduate level¬†and showcase achievements of all undergraduates across all levels and disciplines of the University. …¬†The journal offers an¬†opportunity for all undergraduates to publish work from all Schools.¬†As a multidisciplinary journal currently it is one of only a few in the UK and the only one in Wales.” ¬†(ref)

Archie I was also invited and visited Google’s TC Summit in California¬†earlier this year and was asked to join the¬†Top Contributor (TC) programme.

Arabian feast 2014

Final Year Degree Students from Saudi Arabia Studying at Swansea’s School of Applied Computing Surprise the Teaching Team with an Arabian feast fit for a King. An offering of thanks for the support they have received during their time at the University. The Team are Very Grateful and would like to thank all those involved in preparing cooking and organising the delicious meal. THANK YOU VERY MUCH x.

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Graduate Profile: Aisha Iftikhar

Aisha-brdQ. What was your HE course?

BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

Q. What is your job title and role?

Multiple business owner: My role is to lead businesses, as an MD Managing Director at Costcutters supermarket and as a Principal at Swansea sixth form College. This involves many different areas including leadership, teacher evaluation, student discipline, staff discipline, accounting and several others.

Q. Could you briefly describe the organization you work for?

Swansea Sixth-form College (SSC) offer a wide range of practical English language courses. SSC offer high quality teaching with flexible study options, in a beautiful environment designed to develop our students confidence and increase motivation. Whether your goal is to improve your job prospects, get a place at university, pass an English language exam, live and work abroad, improve your English for business purposes, adapt to life in the UK or travel and see the world, we have a course to suit you.

Q. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job?

My 3 years at Swansea Met were life changing. The environment excelled my development as a student. The skills that I developed while studying have had a positive influence on my role, personally, my involvement in the community and professionally. Commitment, self-motivation and confidence, all of which are highly valued skills which I gained from my course have helped me in my role as a Principal.

The following two skills which have been vital for my role, which I gained in my course through research, planning and assignments:
1. Knowledge and understanding – Gaining specific knowledge related to a particular subject, for example historical or scientific data
2. Cognitive skills – Thinking skills, such as problem solving, analysis, research.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?

My typical day, as much I would like to say planned and calm, it is as hectic and sometimes unpredictable. There are no two days the same. I still feel I am learning something new everyday. My day can range from staff meetings, student inductions, class monitoring, teaching assessments and auditing. We also take pride in our diverse culture and at the same time our city, and reach out exertions and show off our heritage.

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?

My job role highly motivates me, I do enjoy all aspects of my job.
It’s a huge responsibility being part of such a successful college and to be responsible for so many different people. I love learning and meeting people.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career?

Your whole life is a learning curve, the biggest challenge is in within yourself. Always take issues/problems as a challenge, remove all barriers.
Set high goals, you should never be able to accomplish your goal, you should get nearer and nearer each time. If you think you have reached it, then you haven’t set a high enough goal, the sky is the limit.

Commitment, reliability, humbleness and honesty to yourself and your job is your key ingredient for success.

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