My course helped to form a strong grounding in electronics which is becoming increasingly important in computer programming, something that I now do on a daily basis.
Course: Communication Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]
Course dates: 2007-2010
Current occupation: Trainee Engineer in Research and Development, BBC
Having graduated in June 2010, I'm now part of a small team forming the 'North Lab' of the BBC's research and development department based in MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. Research and development is responsible for the early stage development of various technologies relevant not only to the BBC from a broadcast point of view, but also to consumers in the home.
At present, the department has a hand in shaping the development of the 'YouView' platform, aiming to bring live and on demand content (such as that found on the iPlayer) to televisions across the country. This, however, is just a tiny part of the work currently going on within research and development, which includes research into 3D audio, synchronising IP and over the air content as well as various projects that can't yet be discussed in public.
During my initial year's placement within the department, I worked on two projects associated with social media for TV, and synchronised content. Following an open day late last year, some of this work made its way into the papers.
The past year has seen me move into a two-year trainee programme within the department. This has provided me with several weeks’ worth of training in broadcast engineering and programming, along with all of the experience gained from the many highly skilled staff within the department. The first eight months of this programme have been spent working out of the department's 'South Lab' next to TV Centre in London.
My course helped to form a strong grounding in electronics which is becoming increasingly important in computer programming, something that I now do on a daily basis. I chose to study at Manchester for the great reputation of the School in its field, but also for the city and all it has to offer in providing a great environment to unwind in after a long day or week in uni. Alongside the course, the societies at Manchester and in particular the student radio station (Fuse FM) provided me with some invaluable experience, without which I wouldn't be where I am now.