Aiming high with Computer Science!

Swansea University Computer Science lecturers Liam O’Reilly and Dan Archambault recently visited Google for their ‘Faculty in Residence’ pilot programme. This is where universities work with Google to ensure that they are teaching the skills that companies like Google need.

Google were very impressed with the Computer Science curriculum at Swansea, yet many Swansea graduates are not currently applying to work at global tech companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. 

Dan and Liam want to address this issue with current student cohorts. As a result, they gave an interactive lecture on 10 October 2017 to tell students what Google are looking for in terms of skills and experience. They discussed interview techniques and role-played the technical side of the recruitment process. They also described the types of activities that students can get involved in, which get them noticed by companies such as Google, and how to improve their prospects of getting hired.

Liam O’Reilly, an admissions tutor for Computer Science, said ‘It was clear from talking to Google that having a Computer Science degree isn’t enough to be accepted by companies such as Google. You need to show passion for computing and demonstrate work on your own projects or how you contribute to open source developments.’ 

This is just one of the ways in which the Computer Science department enhances our students’ future career prospects. Future events planned include a lecture from a Swansea PhD alumni who is a current Google employee, a visit by both a Google recruiter and Google Engineer in November 2017 and the University being a hub for the next Google Hash Code event.