Talent Bank Case Study - Thayan Raveendran

A University of Wesminster student – thayan raveendran

Name: Thayan Raveendran

Course: Computer Science

Faculty:Science and Technology

Year of Graduation: 2016

1. How has the Talent Bank helped you?

The talent bank provided an easy alternative when it came to applying for jobs. It is a great way to get your foot in the door no matter what industry you hope to apply for.

Although the talent bank gives you the chance to get these jobs, you must be willing to put in the hard work during your studies since juggling both university and part-time work can be a challenge.

As long as you are willing to give up some of your spare time and make the most of the opportunities you are given, the talent bank will give you an amazing first step in your career.

I am thankful for the talent bank as without it I never would have even applied for my role within Empowered Systems which eventually led to my position as a Software Developer at Thomson Reuters.

2. Briefly describe the experience you gained in your role.

As a Junior Software Developer I worked under the supervision of the lead developers, mostly working on the front end part of the platform. I later went to work on some web automated testing, using software such as Selenium. This bolstered my knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java and Selenium.

Furthermore I developed a deeper understanding of the architecture behind such robust software as Connect, which is the platform I worked on.

3. Has your employment with the Talent Bank made a difference and in what way?

The talent bank allowed me to easily apply for my current job which eventually led to me taking my first step within a professional environment.

4. Would you recommend the Talent Bank to your friends and fellow students in the University?

I would recommend it to anyone who feels they can handle the workload that comes with having to study and work at the same time. I was fortunate enough to have employers who understood my studies took precedence over my work, but there may be those who would not feel the same way.

If you are confident in your ability to juggle both university and part-time work, then it is definitely worth it. Being able to walk into a graduate job as soon as my exams finished took a huge strain off my final year, as I was not concerned about having to look for a job in the summer.

Having said that by working part-time during semester periods, and full time during holidays I feel I gained a little bit of perspective in terms of how much work I could handle. By putting myself in a professional environment for much of the year I found that studying for university and completing coursework to a good standard came easy. This could be attributed to both being used to working longer hours, as well as learning a lot about programming on the job.

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