Software engineering is one of the most popular professions in IT. Like systems programmers, software engineers are employed to get the best out of the computer but work at the design stage. They generally work for computer manufacturers or for software houses, designing products such as compilers (which translate programs), operating systems and software that enable the computer to operate more efficiently.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Former student: Bhavit Shah
Current job: Associate at JP Morgan
"After achieving a first class honours degree from Kingston, I joined JP Morgan's graduate programme. As a leading investment bank, JPM makes use of cutting-edge technology and received a best IT employer of the year award in 2006.
"I joined JPM in Bournemouth in an application support role, providing support to critical back-office applications. My degree helped me excel in my first graduate job and I achieved an employee recognition award for my performance.
"I am currently working in London as a trading application analyst, providing support for a front-office trading application used by hundreds of internal and external clients.
"I plan to stay in my current role for a few more months and then would like to move to a business analysis role. I believe that a business analyst with sound technical knowledge can always provide better IT solutions for business. I am currently preparing for FSA exams (securities, derivatives and regulatory) to enhance my business knowledge.
"My education at Kingston University provided a kick-start to develop my career and interpersonal skills. The support and guidance from the University tutors and placement staff filled me with the confidence of knowing I have a great platform to build on."
Read more about Bhavit's industry placement in the Sandwich year placements section and his time as a student at Kingston in the What our students say section (where you can also read about fellow student Jeyaram Deivachandran's sandwich placement and graduate job).
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:
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