Subject: BSc Computer Science
Place of Work: Microsoft
Position: Partner Account Manager
David Overton is responsible for collaborating with a small number of software partners who build software using Microsoft technologies to enable customers to get business beneﬁts from deploying joint solutions.
Why did you choose to study at Royal Holloway?
I narrowed my search to four universities: Reading, Brunel, Queen Mary, and Royal Holloway. I was looking for a degree which gave me a good level of practical and theoretical teaching and Royal Holloway had the best degree in the country for what I wanted to do. The course had tutors who were well-published and well versed in up and coming technology. I felt I would be practically skilled at the end of my degree.
Why did you decide to study Computer Science?
I thought the course would give me differentiation in the marketplace and thus the best opportunities. I enjoyed the business side of work, but my passion was with computers. Royal Holloway taught Computer Science in a unique way that was aligned to how I wanted to learn.
What was your Royal Holloway experience like?
Perfect. I spent plenty of time in the Students’ Union. My girlfriend at the time was part of the orchestra which meant that I enjoyed quite a lot of the productions. I also remember watching a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in one of the quads, which was fantastic.
Were you involved in any sports or societies?
Yes, ballroom dancing for three years, which was fantastic fun. I also used to watch various plays and ﬁlms put on by the Drama and Film Societies.
What did you learn at Royal Holloway that has helped you in your career?
Royal Holloway is a very international College – you realise that the world is much bigger than you ever imagined. I met people from Welsh coal mining families and the sons of Saudi princes. Royal Holloway also gave me a huge breadth of knowledge, enabling me to work broadly in the IT industry, where I have to understand both the business impact and the technological impact of decisions.