Working with a world-leading engineering company is opening up new career prospects for a Computer Science student at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
Judyta Dabek is halfway through a year-long placement at Rolls Royce thanks to #DMUworks, a programme aimed at giving students the necessary skills and qualities that employers look for.
As an automation trainee, Judyta is learning about the specific IT requirements in the field of engineering.
The 27-year-old from Poland said: “It’s really amazing what Rolls Royce is doing. It’s an inspiring place to work and a very important opportunity for me.
“I’m learning how to use different programming languages and documentation, as well as developing my research skills and knowledge of law and ethics, all of which will broaden my career opportunities after university.
“I’m very happy with it all and now that I have a better idea of what the field entails, I would continue with pleasure combining IT with engineering.”
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Judyta is particularly pleased with how Rolls Royce is investing in her development, saying: “Last year I got to attend the annual PyCon conference in Cardiff, which attracts industry experts for a series of talks, workshops and events related to the Python programming language.
“I’ve also attended a number of engineering courses to help me understand current and future developments.
“To be successful in IT you have to constantly progress your knowledge and skills. This placement clearly shows that, as every day is different and challenging.”
Earlier in the year, Judyta shared her placement experiences with 28 postgraduate students from DMU, who visited Rolls Royce as part of a day organised by DMU’s Faculty of Technology.
She answered questions about what the company looks for in an applicant, how she prepared for her interview, what projects she is working on and how she made the transition from student to full-time employee.
“When I interviewed at Rolls Royce I wasn’t sure how I could fit in as a Computer Science student, so being able to tell people about the many different opportunities on offer here was a brilliant experience,” she said.
When Judyta joined DMU in 2015, she had already been working in Leicester for two and a half years while taking English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes.
Although she was building up the confidence to study at DMU, a friend who had already accepted an offer at the university persuaded her to apply a year earlier than planned through Clearing.
She said: “Sometimes last-minute decisions are the best. I’m proud to be a student at DMU, it’s such a welcoming university with a wonderful campus, which I feel I fit in to really well.”
Judyta described the Clearing process as ‘surprisingly fast and easy’, adding: “The person I spoke to on the phone was very helpful, sending me all the course details I needed on email too.
“Having left my decision so late, I only had one week to make up my mind, so being able to research the course and future career prospects online was really useful.”
Posted on Monday 16th April 2018