Alex Clements @ wheelies

BSc Computer Science with a Year in Industry, ‘NET Developer’ Wheelies

I spent my year in industry at a company called Wheelies, who are part of the Halfords group. There was a dedicated team of developers who looked after the website itself and a team that maintained and improved the systems that were used throughout the company. I worked with the latter team, spending my days working on the company Intranet, fixing bugs and developing new features.

The experience helped build my confidence and I felt that I could tackle any problem thrown at me, confident that I could learn the skills required for a task efficiently, and confident to discuss and present my ideas to a small or large audience. I returned to my final year of university excited and ready to tackle anything that came my way.

The Year in Industry program has been invaluable to me and the university staff were exceptional in helping me to prepare before I went and keeping me on track for the duration of the year. I would completely recommend the Year in Industry to everyone who is considering it; I am much more able technically and more confident in myself and also in my ability to work effectively in a team. I got on so well with the team that they offered me a role once I graduated.