Liam Ward

Why did you decide to study Computer Science with Mathematics at the University of Leeds?

I am from Leeds, and I have always wanted to come to this University, so it was just a matter of which course to take. Up until the moment I got my A-Level results I was enrolled to do mathematics. However, in my final year in college I took a course in IT in which I learned a great deal about the inner workings of computers. Along with this, my interest in computers and video games from an early age led meto possibly look for a course in IT or computer science. When I saw that there was a course that combines computers science and mathematics, I decided that was the best option for me and so I decided to change courses.

What has been the best aspect of studying at your course and at the University and why?

The best aspect of this course is that it has allowed me to learn programming, which in turn has allowed me to get a job that I thoroughly enjoy and pays well. I started my job as summer intern at a Software Development company called AudaciaConsulting based in Leeds City Centre. At the end of my internship they asked me if I would like to continue working there to gain more experience, which I accepted as I knew I would need as much understanding as possible and I am guaranteed a job at the end of my studies. This has been the best aspect for me because getting a job in the industry is the entire aim for me of going to university and to have one sorted before I have even finished is fantastic.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

There are various student oriented nights out along with shopping events, where they offer extradiscountsexclusively to students. Apart from that, it also has great transport links if you want to stay in the immediate area, like me, I have been living in an area that is not typically populated with students and I am still able to navigate easily every day.

What are your ambitions for the future?

My ambitions for the future are to continue working at the company I am currently employed at for a few years until I have enough experience. When I think I have enough, I want to start up my own company. This will be with the view of being able to work from home, so I can travel and work from other countries, so I can define my own hours and work in comfort.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Find courses that you enjoy rather than ones that you will learn the most from, because if you don't enjoy you won't be able to learn it. Start looking for internships from the end of your first year as you never know what it might lead to. Lastly, if you enjoy programming based modules then that is great as that is most likely the area that you will get a job in after university, if not then don't worry too much this sector is one of the most prosperous and there are companies everywhere looking for people with a degree in computer science.