Where have you worked since winning the award?
After winning the Young Software Engineer of the Year Award I started a Ph.D at the University of Glasgow working in the field of parallel programming.
I have just resumed my studies after working with EPCC for four months.

How has winning the award helped your career?
Receiving this award increased my confidence in my abilities. This confidence has armed me with an improved willingness to undertake difficult challenges and work in areas outside my comfort zone.

How did you benefit from the exposure gained by winning the award?
Winning the award has increased my opportunities to speak at software engineering related events; particularly those aimed at young people, providing me with the chance to inspire future generations of software engineers.

How could software firms get more involved with undergraduates?
It is important for software firms to engage undergraduates in training opportunities that incorporate true-to-life case studies and data into their learning. Ensuring adequate Intellectual Property Protection for students within any firm-hosted events such as Hackathons will prevent students being discouraged from attending.

What is your favourite memory from the project?
My favourite memory was in the penultimate weeks of the project when, after the frustration of repeatedly amending, testing and honing my code, everything finally fell into place. Being able to share my project with other people and hear their feedback gave me a great sense of pride and achievement. Winning the award for the final project was a fantastic end
to my undergraduate career!

What skills did you learn from the project?
I gained both technical and non-technical skills from the project. It gave me a chance to explore the internals of virtual machines, learn experimental design and technical writing (a big plus for my Ph.D work!) and gain transferable skills such as project, time and supervisor management.

What advice would you give to this year’s graduates?
Don’t waste time working on projects you don’t enjoy. The opportunities are out there: improve your knowledge, be confident, and go get them.