Stuart H.

Principal Engineer
Happy to mentor
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About me

Stuart H.
Chemistry
Chemistry
Undergraduate
Alcuin
1997
United Kingdom

My employment

Principal Engineer
Sky UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Broadcasting
Large business (250+ employees)
1999

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A day in the life of a Principal Engineer in the United Kingdom

I really didn't know what I wanted to do, and an opportunity came up for a 3-month student internship. After the internship ended, I stayed on, and on...

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

British media and telecoms giant, owned by Comcast and headquartered in London. It has operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain

What do you do?

Cross-platform application development, usually taking something of a lead role.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

It definitely wasn't a deliberate choice - I really didn't know what I wanted to do, and an opportunity came up for a 3-month student internship. After the internship ended, I stayed on, and on...

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

I probably didn't think about it that much, but given the time that has passed, then yes, there have been a lot of changes, so even if I knew the industry inside out back then, it would still be worlds apart from where we are now. Which is as it should be.

Describe your most memorable day at work

No, we don't talk about that any more.

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

Nothing specific but... probably playing football (or any kind of team sport) is a great leveller if you can keep it up - it's a great way to mix with people from different areas of the business and let off some steam.

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Don't panic.

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