Here some of our alumni share their experiences of studying at our department as well tell us what they did and do afterwards. Click on each photo to read their story. Finally, all our alumni are invited to join our LinkedIn group.
I graduated in 2015 with a 1st in Computing. I had never programmed before but wanted to learn, and it was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.
The course was a brilliant mix of challenge and interest, and I enjoyed it greatly. After my second year I did an industry placement with a small software company who later hired me, once I had graduated. I would strongly recommend anyone, doing a Computer Science or related degree, to do an industry placement. Whether it is in the form of a year away from studies or a summer internship or even a part-time job, any experience will benefit you immensely. For me, being able to apply what I had learnt, in a commercial setting, really helped the concepts fall into place.
I now work for a company that creates case management systems for solicitors. Though this doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, from a programming point of view, it is actually a very interesting job. It encompasses a range of projects, and languages from translating and updating legacy software to writing image manipulation programs and dealing with big data. I really enjoy my job, it is great mix of good people and interesting work. I thoroughly recommend starting out at a small company, as the amount of responsibility you get and the range of jobs you are tasked with mean that you really get the opportunity to prove, and find out yourself, what you can do.
I was awarded an MSc degree in Big Data and High Performance Computing in December 2017. I found my studies to be very diverse as they covered different research areas. The skills that I developed in each of the modules were related to the processing and analysis of big data by computational and mathematical methods. These techniques are fundamental for knowledge extraction, monitoring, prediction and optimisation. What I particularly liked about my studies is that each module consisted of theoretical as well as practical components, which were both essential to acquire a deep and comprehensive understanding of the material.
My next goal was to pursue a PhD at the University of Liverpool, for which I applied with my own research project that was selected for funding. My current position involves doing research, writing papers, presenting my work, attending meetings and research seminars, working as a demonstrator, among other things.
My career advice to current students is not to be afraid of taking risks, to believe in yourselves and also to be enthusiastic and passionate in whatever you do; that is fundamental in achieving your goals.
I graduated in 2013 with a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science. My degree covered a variety of relevant subjects and introduced me to a different way of thinking. The studies helped me realise the wide spectrum of career possibilities after graduation and opened many doors for me. The first job after my studies was Junior Business Analyst in which I felt relaxed and prepared for the tasks at hand. My studies gave me both technical and practical skills I could later apply in this professional environment.
In my current role, I oversee and manage the lifecycle on many projects being worked on in parallel. The projects predominantly include both software and process optimisations and improvements to help the business I work for achieve their goals. My role is incredibly varied and includes helping form a solution, designing the solution, overseeing development & testing, and supervising the release & training.
I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Computer Science MEng. I remember my studies giving me a good grounding in software development. I had the opportunity to write a Wake on LAN service as part of a team in 2nd year, which made me really understand web services and servlets within Java. I also had broad courses which made me well-rounded in the industry, such as Ethics, and Cryptography. My first Job was as a C# Developer working on security systems. It involved tech. such as WPF, WCF, and many other .NET technologies. It was a great experience, and a great grounding in software professionalism. My current job is as a consultant. I would say I have a 70/30 ratio in programming to auxiliary responsibilities. The team and I liaise with clients directly, and work towards solutions in an agile manner. Right now we are working in Java with RabbitMQ, AWS, in a microservice architecture.
If you are interested in software development like I was, you really need to be self-driven. You have to be constantly learning, and so you need to enjoy it. If you don't like learning new things and are not curious, then development is not for you. Other than loving solving problems, you need to be very good at communication. I think if you want to excel in your career, you need to know how to communicate well with others, and to be able to explain ideas for others to learn from you, and especially your clients to understand you. Finally, a specific programming language doesn't matter, and you should strive to be a polyglot. One programming language does not fit all purposes, and so I would strive to broaden your programming horizons as much as possible. This will give you more perspective and power in solving problems for people.
I spent an incredible five years studying at the Department of Computer Science within the University of Liverpool, achieving both undergraduate (first-class honors) and postgraduate (distinction) degrees, with one of these years being spent in industry at BlackBerry Limited. The wide variety of modules and flexibility in later years allowed me to tailor learning towards my interest of mobile-based computing, which was extremely beneficial.
Both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees consist of an individual project. An iOS-based game called Squirrel Surge was developed for my undergraduate degree’s individual project; Squirrel Surge is available on the iOS App Store. And for my postgraduate degree’s individual project, I collaborated with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) to develop a prototype system for their Snakebite Emergency Response System (SERS).
Resulting from my postgraduate degree’s individual project is my current role at LSTM, whereby I am responsible for developing the complete system for SERS; its aim is to ultimately reduce snakebite-related deaths and disabilities in rural regions of Africa by allowing activation of motorcycle ambulances to speed victims to life-saving medical attention, with minimal demand on energy and Internet access.
One piece of advice I would give to prospective and current students is to grasp the opportunity of spending a year in industry; you gain life-changing experience and will stand out from other candidates when applying for your first graduate role. Please feel free to reach out to me, I am happy to provide further advice!
I graduated in 2012 with a Computer Science BSc. The department was very compact in a good way in that the teaching staff and technical staff were located close to the labs. So there was almost always someone around to help when technical issues arose, or when I needed advice on improving my code. The lab classes were the highlight for me as they provided ample opportunity to get 1 to 1 assistance in fixing or improve the quality of our code. My favourite was the mac lab and Terry Payne's iOS development course which most computer science courses at the time did not have. This course was critical in teaching me the skills for my current job as a mobile developer. We had several lab classes a week, online resources and many skilled post-graduate demonstrators on hand to help.
After graduating I took two years out to travel and create my own apps, then joined IBM's graduate scheme after meeting them at the University of Liverpool's careers fair. I now work in Amsterdam as part of their mobile@IBM Europe team with an international squad who have come from all across Europe. An average day mostly consists of using Swift & XCode to create native iOS applications, but I also take time to improve my skills, train our new team members, and take part in Agile stand-ups/planning sessions to co-ordinate with my team on what we should be working on and how best to do it.
I'd strongly recommend taking a Computer Science degree. Firstly programming is not your only career path: a Computer Science background can land you a job in most big tech companies where often you can try your hand at many different roles. Technical consultants, technical sales, project management, product ownership, Cybersecurity consultants, data analysts, AI/machine learning specialists, and ethical hackers are amongst many roles where programming is often not your main role but you are required to have a good technical background in order to succeed. If you do choose to program you can potentially find a career where you genuinely enjoy what you do and no longer fear Monday morning. Once again there is a huge range of careers from iOS, Android, OSX, web front end, and backend development to name a few. You have greater flexibility than other roles where you can often work with flexible hours, from home, abroad or even for yourself once you become more experienced. Your education continues far beyond university as there's is a limitless range of free and paid for online courses to improve your skills and open source projects to utilise them (you can do this without a degree too of course). Finding your first job will be the hardest: use your universities career department and graduate scheme listings. Practice your interview skills and learn the skills listed by the jobs you want.
In 2004 I graduated with a BSc in Computer and Multimedia systems which was jointly offered by the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. I remember my studies in the Computer Science department as being challenging, but interesting. What I really liked about studying in this department was because my course encompassed a fairly wide range of topics, I found it a real eye opener to the breadth of the field of computer science and how there were so many specialisms within the subject, it was really exciting to see. It was also during this time that I got to learn about databases, something I’d not been keen on in school was suddenly opened up to me as a whole field with a depth beyond what I’d ever imagined was there before and I found myself really enjoying the topic for the first time.
After graduating, I got a job as an IT Technician in a local high school, and although it was far from the job I really wanted to do (which was something with my newly developed passion for databases), the core technology, communication and troubleshooting skills I learned there laid a solid foundation for my career. After a couple of years I moved down to Oxfordshire to work for a large IT security company, and worked my way up to become a Senior Database Administrator there, designing and maintaining hundreds of servers and databases for business critical applications. My passion for data then moved beyond the databases and more to the analytics side, and this is where my current role sits. As a SIEM specialist, I am now responsible for bringing together all our sources of machine data and making it usable for our Security Operations Team to base decisions off and take actions with to ensure the security of the company, as well as to provide insight for our IT operations teams to reduce downtime by improving their ability to troubleshoot issues.
For career advice to prospective students, one thing I would suggest is not limiting your decisions based on what you currently think you enjoy as a subject, if anyone had suggested to me back in 2001 that I’d be making a career out of databases I wouldn’t have believed them, it’s really important to keep an open mind as there is so much to the field of computer science, you never know what you’ll find out next.
I graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2013 having completed a Bachelors of Science degree: Computer Science. Studying Computer Science at Liverpool was great. The department provided ample opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, that would further enhance our employability following graduation. For instance, I was lucky enough to get an EPSRC funded research place in the Algorithms and Optimisation group at the University during the summer, following my second year of study. This additional interaction with industry ensured my research had a practical as well as theoretical aspects. By the time I had graduated I’d learnt about a whole variety of technologies, developed sound research skills, gained experience working with others, and much more. All this, in a passionate, historic city with so much on offer to strike a solid work/life balance. I really do miss Liverpool.
Since graduating I have found myself in a variety of roles. My first job was actually developing cutting edge technology, working for the University in collaboration with a Liverpool based startup, Bluprint Global. From there, I worked in an engineering role in the Finance industry in London, before realising my dream and moving to San Francisco. I’ve always been drawn to startups and entrepreneurship and the skills I developed while at Liverpool have significantly helped me in performing in that kind of environment.
I now find myself running my own tech startup, DashHound, where we are using data science to help people make better-informed purchase decisions. We automatically track what products a person’s favourite Social Media influencers are using and are able to provide the user with a unique, social shopping experience. Starting a business is incredibly hard, there are late nights and working weekends. My current working day mostly involves hacking on some coding problem but often includes developing business plans, financial modelling, social media marketing, and managing business relationships. Pretty much anything and everything. Last month I even found myself flying over to the U.S to pitch my company, live on stage, in front of over 200 people.
My career advice for anyone soon to graduate is to just go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. Dream big and have the drive and ambition that gets you where you want to be. For any women due to graduate with a degree in Computer Science - if you are remotely considering a career in tech, don’t let recent media reports put you off. There is a place for you in tech, be bold and speak up against anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. Anyone interested in participating in the Silicon Valley Internship Program or anyone with questions that they think I may be able to answer, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter - @digitisedlipstk.
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