Lynda B.

Computer Software Engineer
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About me

Lynda B.
Physics
Physics/Computer Science
Undergraduate
Derwent
1975
United Kingdom

My employment

Computer Software Engineer
Fujitsu Services
United Kingdom
Digital and IT services
Large business (250+ employees)
1975
2014

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A day in the life of a Computer Software Engineer in the United Kingdom

Working with computers is a great career.

What I do

Support and write software running on large mainframe computers.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Knowledge of computer languages, first gained at university and subsequently acquired on training courses. Communication skills which were developed whilst doing the job. The ability to get on with a diverse team of people also learnt whilst doing the job.

What I like most

Resolving problems in a software environment.

What I like least

The inevitable administrative functions.

What surprised me most

That the people I work with make the biggest difference to the job I do.

How I looked for work

The company attended the university looking for graduate trainees.

How I found out about the job

Through the university communications prior to them having a website.

The recruitment process

Interviews and tests run at the university. Further interviews and tests in Leeds. (1975)

My career goals when I graduated

To have a career in computing.

What has helped my career to progress

Being flexible and taking on different roles and responsibilities.

Courses taken since graduation

In house courses ranging from team building to specific computer language courses and management courses.

How my studies have helped my career

They gave me the starting point from which I could launch my career.

What surprised me about my career so far

How very important is the relationships we have with other team members.

My advice to students considering work

Be open minded. Where you start in a company is not necessarily where you will finish.

My advice about working in my industry

Working for a large computer company can give you more opportunities to try different roles.

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