School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Emma

BSc Mathematics - Graduated 2010

Current role - Web Developer and DBA at Find Me a Gift

Why did you choose to study your course at Newcastle University?

I loved the campus when visiting, and found the staff and students really friendly. I also liked that there was minimal coursework assessment as I preferred exam based assessment.

What did you like the most about your course? Did you do a placement in industry or project with industry? If so, how has this experience helped you in your career?

I loved the applied modules particularly the fluid dynamics modules. I did placements in Secondary Schools through the Student Associates and Aimhigher Associates schemes, I enjoyed this but did not progress into teaching as a career.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle upon Tyne?

Friendly!

What do you think about the clubs and societies that you could join? If you were a member of one, what sort of activities did it involve?

I was an active member of Mathsoc and during my second and third year I was on the committee. It was great to socialise with my coursemates and we did some amazing things including a weekend in Amsterdam, Paintballing, Summer and Christmas Balls and of course many pub crawls!

Where did you live? Was it easy to find somewhere?

I lived in Richardson Road halls during my first year, it was basic but such a hub of activity, I had a fantastic time there! I then lived in Sandyford and Heaton; both have a big student community and are only a short walk to bus ride to the city centre. There is an abundance of student accommodation in Newcastle and we never struggled to find somewhere within budget.

Where do you work now and what does your role involve?

I now work for a gift company www.findmeagift.com as a Web Developer and DBA specialising in SQL Server development. I love that no two days are the same and my role involves constant problem solving and helping colleagues and customers.

How do you feel your course or other activities you were involved in at Newcastle contributed to you achieving your career goals?

My course gave me many skills in problem solving, which, whilst not directly used in my career role now, have proved invaluable in the analytical thinking I use every day.

The extra curricular activities I took part in helped improve my confidence in meeting situations and explaining my point of view to people who may not think like me. This is useful when explaining difficult technical concepts and ideas to non-IT colleagues.

What support did you have from the Careers Service during your time at Newcastle?

I attended careers fairs which is where I met with the recruiter who I ultimately started my career with at Travis Perkins as Trainee Developer.