Wednesday, 18 June 2014
A Computing student at the University of Worcester has secured a dream job in one of the world’s biggest industries.
George Mathieson, who will graduate later this year with a First Class degree, will start work at Malvern-based Borwell next month, as a software engineer.
Computing and the digital industries are now one of the world’s largest sectors of employment. However, UK technology firms have warned of a shortage of graduates as many parents discourage their children from studying such degrees.
Twenty-two-year-old George said: “It’s crazy really as the computing and digital industries are huge now and the world needs more graduates in these areas.
“I was always interested in Computing and when I was looking to go to university, the course at Worcester really caught my attention as it covered such a wide range of topics.
“During my degree I have had the chance to work with some fantastic people, who are very talented, and I have learned an enormous amount. I am so pleased that I have now secured a dream job and I can now put it all into practice.”
George, from Rowley Regis, studied A-levels at Stourbridge College, before joining the University of Worcester three years ago. His final year project saw him design and prototype an affordable but sophisticated robot suitable for use in schools.
Since completing his degree he has been working as a Research Assistant at the University, preparing the robot for commercial manufacture.
Dr Colin Price, Head of Computing at the University of Worcester, said: “George is one of our best final year students and we are delighted that he has secured employment with Borwell. He met Steve Borwell when Steve was giving a guest lecture on the "Professionalism in Context" computing module, and soon after providing Steve with his CV, George was called in for an interview which has led to employment.”
He added: “Most computing devices are hidden, they run our cars, household devices and smart phones. The power of the computer is its ability to be programmed; software running on these devices brings them to life and establishes their place in our world.
“There is a clear need for graduates who understand the hardware inside these devices and how to programme them. Moreover, our graduates need to understand these devices on a more abstract level, which means algorithms and data structures. At Worcester we lead our graduates into a "Computational Thinking" mode which captures this abstract level and relates it to real-world scenarios.”
Dr Joanne Kuzma, Computing BSc (Hons) course leader, talks about some of the computing courses available at Worcester.