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David Hughes

DavidHughes

BSc Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence

Graduated: 2012

Place of work: Cancer Research UK

Position: Web developer

What does your job entail?

I am a web developer for Cancer Research UK and have worked on the Java behind some of the Race For Life projects and more recently have been asked to help out with front-end maintenance, assisting with tweaks for various subdomains owned by the charity. My job gives great job satisfaction as I feel like I am making a solid contribution to a good cause whilst at the same time learning a multitude of new things about various programming practices and technologies.

How has your degree at Royal Holloway helped you progress your career?

My degree had me study a large variety of courses, including robotics, algorithm complexity, programming paradigms, machine learning and many more. Whilst I did not specialise too heavily in one particular area, I feel that this strengthened me as a software developer as I am now able to adapt to new challenges. Now that I think on it, we were told that we would learn how to learn and I am grateful that this is the approach that was taken, especially in a field as ever changing as computer science.

Do you have any advice for current students?

If you're not sure of something that was covered in a lecture, make sure to ask. At Royal Holloway, you will be surrounded by people who are either experts in what they lecture or fellow students who you can study together with. The time you have at uni will fly by, so make sure that you learn things in a timely fashion. If you glance over some year one robotics, how are you going to implement the more advanced maze-solving algorithms in year two?

 

 

"We were told that we would learn how to learn and I am grateful that this is the approach that was taken, especially in a field as everchanging as computer science."

 
 
 
 

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