Your few years at University are the most precious and privileged opportunity that you'll probably ever get. Use every moment of your time there to discover yourself and your potential.
I had the opportunity to study with some of the smartest minds and most passionate computer scientists in their field, and I am so proud to be a Southampton alumna!
The ECS Careers Hub provided me with sector specific information and I was able to study teaching and management modules which taught me invaluable skills that have supported me in my early career.
Graduate employers are keen to employ ECS students because it has a worldwide reputation for high calibre students that get a good mix of practical, design and project work.
I have thoroughly enjoyed studying, researching and working here and would encourage other potential students to consider the University. A degree from Southampton is a great start to a career.
Dr James Pilgrim
My supervisors both on my BEng and my PhD were excellent in their fields and this raises the expectations from their students. If you are choosing Computer Science I wouldn’t know a better place to study than Southampton.
At Southampton they have Electronics and Computer Science combined whereas usually they are separate elsewhere. This means they can draw on features from both areas. It puts a different spin on the whole thing, which I was really impressed by.
The knowledge I acquired at the University of Southampton easily allowed me to find a job as soon as I went back home to Azerbaijan after graduation, in one of the leading IT companies, AtaTechnology. I was working as a full-stack Web Developer applying my knowledge gained at the University in real-life projects.
More than anything, I think that having a comfortable, relaxed, but keen attitude to interviews is probably the best way of getting the jobs you want.
My degree helped to develop my ability to model and conceptualise which is essential to much architecture and design work.
The courses are well grounded and diverse, the research is excellent, and the teaching is excellent.
My career has changed a number of times. I've been an engineer, a commercial analyst, model builder, a trading and risk management specialist and a financial analyst.
My time at Southampton shaped my future in many ways. It provided me with a first-class education as well as the opportunity to broaden my perspectives on the world through my friendship with fellow students and researchers.
Southampton offers a really rigorous grounding with the right compromise between breadth and depth which provides the knowledge and confidence to tackle the range of projects and issues that arise in a professional career.
Southampton still has one of the best and most prolific Electronics Departments in the UK.
The University itself is a fine and very friendly institution. The city has a lot to offer as well.
Achieving a good degree can set you up for life, but equally the time at University brings a maturity that is important in relationships, social skills and much more.
I would advise people thinking about coming here not to be nervous – get stuck in and make the most of your time. There is so much support and, although you may not realise it, everyone has the same challenges to face. That’s what pushes you together
I chose to do my PhD at ECS because I had a positive experience of the school during my MSc and enjoyed being part of it.
Southampton University has a good reputation for electronic engineering and this leads to an immediate level of trust and respect from new co-workers and collaborators which I have found helpful in accelerating career opportunities and progression.
Work hard, stay motivated and get to know the people you study and hang out with. Turn up to lectures and workshops, do not be afraid to ask questions.
Southampton has one of the premier cleanrooms in Europe, which enabled me to carry out cutting-edge experiments and generate novel results. The university also has world-leading researchers and academics to guide the way and an international reputation.
Xiaoqing (Sally) Shi