Computer Science Programme - What our graduates say
I joined Murex as a Junior Java Developer in June 2011. My advice to students who are looking for a job is to get a good page on LinkedIn – it's as good as sending out CVs, that's how I ended up working for Murex. When I am asked why study Computer Science? My answer is simple – it's all about creating something out of nothing – it's where our futures are and where the money is.
After my first job as a summer intern in a bank's IT department, I knew that I wanted a career in Computer Science. Talking with co-workers made Trinity's Computer Science programme my first preference. I joined the course excited and eager to learn all I could. With classes in subjects from high- performance programming and artificial intelligence to hardware and computer graphics, I was exposed to every area of Computer Science. I’m still amazed by how much I learned throughout the course. After graduating, I went on to complete a Masters programme, also in Trinity. Within a week of finishing College, I was sitting at my desk in my new job (Software Development Engineer in Test with Microsoft) and applying the knowledge I had learned. I have no doubt in my mind that studying Computer Science at Trinity was the right decision. Computer Science at TCD offers a unique, perfect mix of theory and practical work, ensuring graduates leave knowing both the underlying techniques and today's cutting-edge technologies. In particular, the software projects, team-based interactions and general technical expertise provided by the course have been key to finding employment.
Coming from a background where 'computer' suggested images of Mario Land, studying computers in Trinity was an eye-opening experience.
Our society today is becoming more and more digitally involved and with computer science, you get the knowledge and confidence to build new and exciting technologies that can span many different career paths. I started out doing a BA in Computer Science at Trinity as I wasn't sure which career to go into after secondary school. I felt that since computers are used everywhere, a degree in computer science would allow me to apply for jobs in different areas later on. I completed a PhD in computer graphics. During my time here I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people including those that work for Disney, Pixar and Rhythm and Hues. I have also had the opportunity to travel to Austria, Crete, New York and L.A! My peers have found jobs that are very diverse as you can apply the skills you learn through computer science to finance, arts or academia. It is now easier than ever to set up your own business gaining international success with the help of the internet.