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Placement in Germany hits home

On placement with Fujitsu in Germany as part of his Computer Games Development Degree, Ryan Sheff says they’re incredibly important. “You can learn as much as you want at University but when you get into a job you need to abide by other people’s rules and conform to their standards,” he explains. Read on to find out how his placement hit home.

Ryan Sheff is studying Computer Games Development, BA (Hons).
Ryan Sheff is studying Computer Games Development, BA (Hons).

“My job is a software development intern in the test automation and optimisation department at Fujitsu in Augsburg, Germany.

"I’m often given new tasks or projects, but mainly I maintain basic scripts produced by my team making sure they work and the output is right. I also research new pieces of software for the team and write my own scripts to help the team do menial tasks that can be easily automated.

"I’ve been able to use my programming knowledge. Knowing SCRUM helped me fit into the team and understand how things work. It was good to apply theory to practice, it works much better than it seemed it would in a classroom.

"I’ve learned so much including how to be a professional in a work environment from planning meetings and discussing topics with my manager to responding to customer needs when they ask for a product.

"As I’ve taken an AS level in German, I was excited that my language skills would come in useful. This area of Germany is stunning and a really nice place to live. It was hard to leave friends and family behind but overall, it’s been an incredible experience and I wouldn’t change it.

"The University were key to setting my placement up, including the study abroad team. I submitted a CV, had a telephone interview with Fujitsu and was then offered the placement.

"Placements are incredibly important. You can learn as much as you want at University but when you get into a job you need to abide by other people’s rules and conform to their standards. A placement really hits that home. It boosts your CV and earns you some amazing life and work experience, you’ll meet incredible people whilst doing really meaningful and interesting work."

"A placement is invaluable to your development as a person and a developer. Don’t waste a placement opportunity.

"My top tips are do a little bit of research on programming before getting here and pay close attention to your SCRUM and professional skills lessons. They’ll really help you when you get into work. And start assignments nice and early, many take more than one night to complete.”