Mark Brinded

Computer Science

Mark hopes to become a computer scientist after University, and since coming to Leeds he has boosted his CV with countless opportunities.

When helping young people with their CVs and interview techniques, he was trained in talking with different groups of people. This is a perfect addition to his course’s very technical and theoretical content.

What do you hope to go on and do when you graduate from the University of Leeds?

I would like to become a computer scientist for a very large company like Microsoft. Maybe I will design the next xbox and become rich!

What skills and qualities do you think you’ve gained from your course?

I have gained a thorough technical understanding of how things are done. My studies are mainly theoretical but that suits me.

What skills and qualities do you think you’ve gained from co-curricular activities so far
(e.g. volunteering, clubs/societies)?

I worked in an after school club in a local secondary school. I taught teenagers how to write computer programs. I really enjoyed this and the teenagers were really inquisitive and (unlike their teachers!), were great fun to work with. I also joined a student organisation and my team's job was to help 16-18 year olds, who have dropped out of school. We helped them write CVs and taught them interview techniques. We received training from the university on how to deal with the different sorts of people we would meet and this was the best skill I have learnt since being at university.

How will these skills and qualities help you achieve what you want to do when you graduate?

The skills I have gained from my course are directly applicable to any job that I will be applying for.
The voluntary work I have done will help me with the application process as many employers seem to look for this in applicants.

What has been your proudest moment while studying at Leeds?

I was accepted for a GE scholar leaders’ award from one of the largest companies in the world. It was a very hard application process and the award is very prestigious so I was not expecting to get it.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Leeds?

Studying at Leeds has helped me in so many ways both academically and in co-curricular activities. Before I came to Leeds, my CV was almost empty but since I came here, I have had countless opportunities to add to it.