School trip success!
School students and staff at IBM's Hursley site.
The School of Computer Science & Informatics recently took a group of students on a successful trip to one of the industry’s largest and most well-respected graduate employers.
Computer Club students – the School's popular weekly gathering where students undertake extracurricular projects – were given first opportunity to be part of the trip to IBM Hursley.
The group of 40 students enjoyed a full day of activities laid on by IBM at their research and development centre, which included a tour of the grand mansion setting where the company has been based since 1958 and holds significant technological importance as the place where the Spitfire was developed.
Students were also given a glimpse into developments of the future when they were shown around the Innovation Centre where IBM are working on the latest technologies that may soon be part of everyday life.
Talks from a number of key people within IBM and opportunities to meet them were another valued aspect of the day, including hearing from a former student of the School Steve Upton who graduated in 2010 and has been working at IBM Hursley ever since.
Second Year Computer Science student Daniel Cansdale said: "The trip was a great success providing all of those who attended with a valuable insight into IBM and the chance to talk to people doing jobs in our field. It was one of the most rewarding and stimulating activities I have undertaken whilst at university and has increased my ambition and desire to succeed tenfold!"
Biggest surprise of the day was when the students were rewarded for their commitment and enthusiasm for choosing to go along on the trip, with being offered first refusal the opportunity to apply for two Summer placements at IBM. After expressing initial interest students were then selected to be interviewed for the positions, with second year Natalie Crawford and first year Geraint Harries proving to be the successful candidates in securing these unique opportunities.
Lecturer Dr Matt Morgan who also runs Computer Club and organised the trip said: "It was truly a pleasure to see so many students give up their precious time over the Easter holidays to take part in the IBM trip. They benefited enormously from the presentations made by the staff at IBM, of particular note for me, a presentation detailing how big companies run their assessment days and providing some really useful tips and tricks on how to stand out and succeed at such events. Judging on the emails I have received from students since our return, it was certainly a memorable day for those who attended."
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