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Tony Newby

Career Path: Graduate Software Developer, DXC Technology
Location: Newcastle, UK

I see information technology as the gateway into the future. When my family bought their very first home computer aged 8, I was instantly amazed by its capabilities, granted back then it was a little more games than anything else! I've always been keen to learn more and more about what computers are capable of and how they can change the world and how we live. Getting back into University and getting my degree was the first step into achieving my ambitions of being fully involved in the world of technology.

What are you doing now?Tony Newby

I now work for DXC Technology as part of their graduate programme, where I have been able to use the skills that I picked up during my time at Northumbria University and apply them to real world solutions. This is the first business step for me in building myself as a professional, and learning new technical skills that I may not have been exposed to during my time in education.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I always wanted to stay local as I love the beautiful city. I had unconditional offers from all of my local choices within the area, however my decision to choose Northumbria was due to its friendly, laid back approach. University can often be a daunting thing for many students, speaking from experience as someone who had once dropped out. But the culture of Northumbria is so welcoming and friendly you feel right at home from the get-go.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Good balance of lectures and seminars. Free time could be allocated very easily to allow time for working on projects. 24 hour access to the library allowed for constant access to learning materials etc.

How connected was your course with industry?

Frequent visits from external companies allowed us to gain an early knowledge of workplace culture, for example AGILE methodology and the principles behind it.

What was the best thing about your course?

As previously mentioned the entire culture of the University allows for a home-like feel, everyone across all departments is very friendly and accommodating! And Habita the student bar isn't too bad either!

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria actually gave me a very direct edge in getting into my first job as a graduate. With DXC technology being a local company there are many staff who are themselves ex-students of Northumbria, this allowed for much easier connections which in-turn always helps to develop as a professional.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Java, SQL, PHP were all technical skills I picked up that I am continuing to use within my career, and the none-technical skills I picked up such as project management, social awareness and ethics of course play a major part in any business too.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Stick in, no matter what. No matter how hard it may seem like its getting, you're there for a reason and you have all the time and skills to get through this! Remember to use the people around you. Of course never plagiarise work, but be fully aware that you and your fellow students are all in the same boat, bounce off each other and share ideas! You never know what you might pick up from the kid in the seminars you hadn't yet spoken to!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun. Friendly. Defining

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