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Radoslaw Rozkowinski (BSc Applied IT 2011)

Biography

I have graduated at three Higher Education Institutes, of which Reading University was the most recent. I have tried a lot of things, working as Journalist, Sales Representative, Promotion Specialist and Office Administrator, to finally end up in the Software Engineering sector.After the graduation I returned to Cognito, the company I had spent my Industrial Placement in, as a Software Test Engineer. One and a half years later I grew up to the decision about returning to my home country, Poland, where I continue career in software testing.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

University of Reading was known as one of the very solid universities, focused on further improvement. I have also heard opinion that the University plays vast role in supporting students towards their future careers, which was true in my case.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Reading is a great town to live in, with lots of entertaining events, including the famous Reading Festival, and beautiful areas all around (like Pangbourne). This is also a great base for visiting many tourist attractions in the South East - with London, Oxford, Windsor or Stonehenge within reasonable distance.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Don't be afraid to ask. Don't be afraid to have your own opinion and share it to others. Catch the opportunities and follow your intuition. Keep closely together with others - you are stronger in a team. Live full of life - time at University is so short...

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am a Test Engineer responsible for testing the software solutions, Windows-based applications and embedded, for the leading international health care company within Hearing Devices and Diagnostic Instruments - DGS. I am currently looking forward to the Senior role, acting temporarily as a Team Leader.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

There is no university course addressing directly Software Testing, therefore you initially need to make your own research. Pay attention to detail, don't rush, analyse everything methodically. The more 'what if...' gathers inside your head every time you hear about proposed solution, the better!

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

Thanks to the University I've had a chance to gain an experience during the Industrial Placement, where I figured out what would be the best path of my career. The final year of my study included a 'Software Testing' module, where the lecturer - Ken Boness - vastly supported me in preparation to ISTQB Certificate for Software Testers.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Start researching the job market as soon as it is possible. Start even BEFORE the final year starts. Contact Career Centre for guidelines in creating CV and prepare well to interviews. Don't send thousands applications, concentrate on those most important for you instead. Focus on your strong sides and believe in yourself!

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University of Reading gave me a chance to start another career and find a place on the job market. Studying here was a great fun and huge adventure. I met a number of fantastic people, with whom I still hold contact, although we have spread across the world.

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