Studying computer science at Reading
Who better to tell you about life in the Department of Computer Science than our students?
“I had a great time at the University and it was an enormously valuable experience. It taught me generic programming concepts and problem solving skills which has equipped me with the ability to learn new languages easily and quickly.
I would definitely recommend studying computer science at the University of Reading. Do a placement year if you can. A year in industry can give you valuable insight into what kind of career you want and it makes you more disciplined during your final year at university. You treat it like you would a job which can have a significant effect on your overall grade."
Mike Nelson, BSc Applied Computer Science
Now Head of Rich User Interface Development at HeathWallace
Many of our students complete work placements as part of their degrees:
The placement year was a huge boost to my self-confidence. Customer skills, both soft and technical skills were all improved on. Don't assume that because a company is in an area you aren't interested in that it won't be a good experience. Inchware works in medical software which is something I would have never considered before; however during the placement I learned that it was extremely interesting.
Angus Rigby, Software Developer & Systems Administrator, Inchware Ltd
The company provided a very friendly and enjoyable work environment which made it very easy to feel welcomed into the workplace. It was also very helpful having the company based in Reading due to familiar surroundings, especially when being a bit nervous about entering a completely new workplace. During my placement at Heath Wallace, I've learned everything I know about web development. The company were incredibly helpful and enthusiastic in teaching me the skills I needed to fit into the workplace. When I first joined I had a keen interest in this field but no previous working knowledge at all. I feel as though the knowledge of web development I've acquired has been invaluable and as such I'm actually basing my dissertation on this subject area to further apply and develop the skills I've gained.
James Parker, Junior Front-end Web Developer, Heath Wallace
My working environment was fantastic. There was a great combination of people who were of a similar age to me, as well as long standing older members of the company who were always willing to help with their vast technical experience in the field. Overall it was a friendly, relaxed environment and enjoyable to work in.
The work that I have been assigned for my placement will put me in good stead for many of my modules in final year. I was given a good number of tasks, which ranged from short term jobs to long term projects where I had to go and perform independent research. Every task gave me a good opportunity to develop my soft skills in some way.
My role as a Systems Engineer allowed me to get a good combination of working with hardware and software, especially in the testing side of things. Due to the nature of my job I found myself interacting with nearly everybody from the different departments at HP at least once during my year, which was very enjoyable.
I feel that my experience with my placement will put me in good stead for my final year modules. Although my final year project is unrelated to my placement, I still picked up on many aspects of computing that makes my final year lectures a lot easier to interact with.
Joshua Rhoden, Systems Engineer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Learning outcomes from my placement year include time management, working as part of a team, speaking with clients face-to-face, on the phone and via email, managing problems, dealing with client expectations, speaking in meetings to the team. Overall I felt it an invaluable experience, definitely developing my soft skills and teaching me a technical skill in a role I hadn't considered before.
Rhodri Palmer, Intern Campaign Specialist, Oracle (Responsys)
My placement experience has been positive, I had a mentor from the start and he introduced me to the work I would go on to do, and I gradually gained more autonomy and became a productive member of the team. I learnt a great deal over this year, including new programming languages and expanding my knowledge on ones I already knew. I also got to experience working abroad in Singapore.
Andrew Tate, Junior Project Engineer, Evertz