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Chris Varnsverry


United Kingdom
NTU has a really great reputation for producing high quality professionals

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I’ve been interested in computing from an early age, in fact I’m on record in a local newspaper having said I wanted to be a programmer, aged 11, so it was easy to make the decision to study Computer Science when the time came.

My degree really helped me to move from a hobbyist to a professional by honing my problem solving skills, which is essential for an engineer. I spent a year as a placement engineer at ARM, where I developed most of my professional skills and gained a lot of experience. ARM is the world’s leading IP provider to the semiconductor industry, present in 99% of smartphones on the market. During my placement I was largely responsible for production of graphics application demos for use at trade shows and events and then engaging with partners and potential partners to showcase them.

The lecturers at NTU were always extremely knowledgeable about the modules they taught, often actively researching in the field. They were very approachable and always gave you the time you needed, for example, towards the end of my degree I was pretty much camped outside of my project supervisor’s office! The lecturers are a valuable resource to be used and they make themselves available for lots of support.

I now work as a Graduate Engineer in the Developer Relations team within Media Processing Division at ARM. Engineering jobs, such as this one, are all about proving that you can tackle and solve problems. The modules at NTU coupled with my placement allowed me to apply with confidence for my current position at ARM.

I would absolutely recommend this course as NTU has a really great reputation for producing high quality professionals and you should keep this in mind when thinking ahead to employment. Many of my current and old colleagues are also NTU almuni.

My advice to future students is that you need to do what you can to put yourself ahead in a competitive jobs market so consider taking a placement during the summer or full-year placement as part of your course. These fill your CV with real, applicable experience, make you significantly more employable upon graduation, allow you to negotiate better pay, and will no doubt help you in your final year of study.

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