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Phillip Barron

Computer Science (BSc) BSc (Hons)

Phillip recommends considering internships as many employers are primarily interested in a demonstration of commercial experience.

Why did you decide to do a placement while at City, University of London?

I was aware that the industry experience would make me a more employable graduate, and introduce some development practices not covered in the BSc. Many employers are primarily interested in a demonstration of commercial experience. The placement provided an opportunity to gain this and therefore greatly enhance employability.

Where was your placement and what was your role?

I began in application support (Helpdesk) and liaised between the user base and development team to identify errors and work to resolve or provide work-arounds.

What has been the most important thing gained from your placement?

Direct experience of working in an agile development environment.

What did you do after graduating?

After graduation I began working as a software developer with Mergermarket - working in a number of technologies including C#, Javascript and PHP.

Anything else you would like to highlight about City?

I studied via the professional pathway route. This makes for a very busy schedule and requires good time management. I would recommend this mode of study with the caveat that students appreciate the undertaking. When interviewing a candidate for a role, a graduate who already has three years experience in industry has a distinct advantage.