"The careers service at MMU provided great advice prior to my assessment day"
After graduating, I secured a place on a Software Testing training program with FDM Group. MMU offered me a programme that combined Business as well as Technology – giving me an insight into process as well as problem solving, which, having been placed with the Ministry of Justice as a client of FDM, has been vital experience. The careers service at MMU also provided great advice prior to my assessment day. The understanding I gained from my MMU experience links to my role now, where I help deliver technology to benefit the business.
A part of my role over the past year has involved delivering presentations to people and developing the skills sets of others, so I would consider presentation and communication skills as some of the core attributes I learnt at MMU. I have since taken my ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. The additional training I have undertaken has provided me with a strong foundation in Software Testing.
I think students should strive to do a placement as it paints the picture of what to expect upon graduation, and it can provide you with invaluable real-life experiences and examples that you can talk about in job interviews!
As well as having the correct skills for the role, I think that it is very important to build professional relationships and networks with colleagues, suppliers and customers (the end users). I also think it is important to be enthusiastic about what you want to do, which will naturally show a willingness to learn and develop.
I was inspired by a number of academic staff, as well as fellow students and friends, due to their positivity. I think it is always possible to find someone to aspire to if you look hard enough.
The new Business School offered me numerous facilities to help with my studies such as designated zones for group or individual study, new workstations and a great working environment. I also found the use of online books and journals invaluable.