Graduates are well-suited to the data communications and networking industry, whether in the telecoms industry or designing and maintaining an enterprises network. Many use their understanding of network systems to become business strategists. The course also forms an excellent foundation for postgraduate study or network professional qualifications.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Simon Kudzma
Course: Computer Science (Network Communications) BSc(Hons) and Networking and Information Security with Management Studies MSc
"After graduating from my first degree I joined IT outsourcing company, Steria, as a technical consultant on implementation and support for command and control systems for police forces in the UK. After three years in that role I thought it would be a good time to gain more qualifications and knowledge in order to change job, get promoted and/or achieve something more.
I enjoyed studying at Kingston during my undergraduate course so I decided to come back and already having knowledge of how everything is run and organised in the University has allowed me to concentrate on studying and covering course material more efficiently. Kingston University (KU) is a good place to study this course. The available resources, way of presenting material and help from KU staff are the strengths of KU.
I am studying for my MSc part time while working full time. The option to study part time while working full time was big factor for me, as me and my partner were expecting a baby at the time. Ensuring I would receive enough income every month was very important and still is with a small child in the family.
Working in industry after my degree gave me relevant experience and working knowledge of IT systems which was helpful while studying towards my masters degree. Since starting the MSc I have changed job and I recently started work as technical consultant for the global industry leader organisation in mobile device management, AirWatch. I believe even studying towards my MSc qualification helped me to get my current role and I hope after my graduation I will be able to move to a senior position. As my MSc course is covering some business and management modules, longer term I'm hoping to achieve a team lead role in the company.
I think in the current economic climate obtaining extra qualifications is a benefit and it makes a difference when applying for new job. Industry experience is important, however employer's are looking very fondly on a person who is constantly trying to improve his knowledge and qualifications."
Former student: Darren Bassett
Year of graduation: 1999
Current job: Senior IT specialist, IBM
Location: Weybridge, Surrey
Before studying computer science at Kingston, Darren was doing a job he found unfulfilling, with few opportunities. Since graduating he has forged ahead working for one of the IT sector's largest companies.
"I had been working in accountancy for 10 years and felt I had quite limited prospects, so, at the age of 28, I decided I wanted to change my career and increase the opportunities available to me. As I had an interest in computing, studying for a computer science degree seemed the obvious choice.
"I chose to go to Kingston because I had a friend at the University who was full of praise for the place. I then attended an open day and was really impressed by the computer science staff and students I met.
"Since then, I haven't looked back and my career has gone in great strides. It started with my work placement. This was with a local firm called Sequent Computer Systems, where I worked on benchmarking large database systems.
"It was a really good placement and they kept me on a retainer. So, once I graduated, I went back to work for them, continuing in the role I had developed.
"A couple of months later it was announced the company was being taken over by IBM. This was a great opportunity and I have stayed here, working for IBM, ever since. Now I specialise in web application servers and work for global services delivering a range of services to IBM customers.
"My degree has given me the base knowledge and key skills I still use everyday in my job. Networking and databases are two examples of this, along with programming in Java.
"I have always really liked the creative side of programming, but the thing I enjoy most about my job is working with customers and meeting different people. I find it immensely satisfying to be able to use my knowledge to help their businesses.
"Studying computer science at Kingston has changed my life. I think the key thing about choosing a degree course is to be passionate about the subject you are studying. If you are passionate about what you are doing, then you are going to succeed."
Former student: Jacques Leplat
Year of graduation: 1988
Current job: Managing Director, J3 Ltd
A Kingston computer science degree has enabled Jacques Leplat to build his own successful consultancy business and keep his finger on the pulse of technical developments.
"I wanted to study computer science because I had been interested in computers since my O-level days. I chose the course at Kingston because it offered a sandwich year. This meant I could earn some money and gain relevant experience. Also, I had a friend who was studying there and I liked the place.
"I found the course enjoyable. It covered a comprehensive range of subjects. I liked going to lectures and then doing projects that helped us put theory into practice. The other good thing about University was the social life. I made some lifelong friends.
"After graduating, I joined a company called Speedware. It was a Canadian business so there were lots of trips to Montreal. I stayed there for just under nine years, specialising in database programming tools.
"I liked the work and the people I worked with, but in 1997 the London development team was disbanded, so I started my own consultancy company. As someone who has been interested in computers for many years, I was able to tackle most tasks involved in a project, from information gathering through to delivery and distribution.
"Much of my work is made up of small assignments: I get a description of my client's problem and come back with an application. I have done work for Mazda cars, for example, developing a browser-based dealership system. In the dot-com boom, I did a project for a subscription-based news service called WMRC. I developed tools that allowed the journalists to directly enter their stories. I also helped WMRC install and configure servers and desktops. I then recruited a team of programmers and mentored them.
"The freedom of running a small company is important to me. It allows me to choose the kind of work I do. My degree course laid the foundations on which my career is built. It's provided me with the ability to keep up with new technologies as they emerge. My work involves databases, software design and development, and communications. All these are subjects that were covered during the course.
"Many different career paths are possible in IT. Some of my friends have left the industry altogether, some have moved into management and others cut their teeth writing code. But all of them got where they are today because they did a computer science degree."
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.
The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, here students are practising their interview skills with employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you: