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Software engineer student interns with IT giant

 

Tobias Case


Tobias Glazebrook is a BSc (Hons) Software Engineering student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He is currently completing his final year after a year-long internship with Fujitsu Technology Solutions in Augsburg, Germany.

Tobias worked for a few years after he finished college before deciding he wanted a change, which prompted him to apply for the software engineering course at UCLan.

“I didn’t do very well at college and when I finished I was working at a supermarket, then a bar and various other places. After a few years I realised I wanted to do more with my life. I’d always had an interest in hardware, software and computers so I applied for this course.”

In between his second and third year Tobias opted to take an industrial placement at Fujitsu. The placement was sponsored by UCLan and he worked in the quality assurance, atomisation and optimisation team. He was required to create tools which made jobs easier for hardware testers and the opportunity to develop his practical skills proved invaluable.


 

 

“The social element was also amazing. I’ve made lifelong friends and was able to immerse myself in another culture.”


 

He said: “It was incredibly useful to be able to apply what I’d learned at university to a real business situation. Specifically I learned how to work in a team, both in a project management sense and more widely.”

 

Tobias found out about the placement from his lecturer and although he applied, never expected to be successful. Fortunately he was offered an internship and he is delighted he took advantage of the opportunity.

He added: “At first it was stressful, but in a good way. It was a challenge but eventually incredibly rewarding. On certain projects I was given a level of responsibility that was greater than what would normally be expected of an intern.

“The social element was also amazing. I’ve made lifelong friends and was able to immerse myself in another culture.” 


“Embrace any placement opportunity you can. Even if you don’t believe you will get one, apply anyway. I did and it led to one of the best years of my life.”


 

 

Tobias is now in his final year at the University. Reflecting on his placement he is grateful for how well the course had prepared him for working in industry.

“I really like how practical the course is and its focus on the real-world. A lot of lecturers are from industry and there is a focus on developing skills for the workplace.”

Tobias’ top tip for any prospective students would be: “Embrace any placement opportunity you can. Even if you don’t believe you will get one, apply anyway. I did and it led to one of the best years of my life.”