Computing graduate analyses success

Software analyst Sofiya Kiradzhiyska praises London Met after securing grad scheme opportunity with UK’s top systems company.

Date: 30 January 2014

A Computing graduate from London Metropolitan University is enjoying a capital start to her career thanks to her course’s employability focus.

Sofiya Kiradzhiyska won a place on the IT graduate training programme at Capita – the largest professional services company in the UK.

The talented graduate found out about the Capita scheme during a Student Enterprise Workshop (SEW) run by Dr Yanguo Jing. These workshops bring together students and recruiters from a variety of organisations and provide students with valuable employability advice, interview tips and even internship and job opportunities.

During the workshop, Sofiya met Rob O’Hare, recruitment manager at Capita, who had been invited to talk at the seminar by London Met career consultant, Tiffany Platt.

Rob gave a presentation about the company’s graduate scheme, Capita Novus, which gave Sofiya a real insight into the company’s culture and values which she felt matched her own. Sofiya decided to apply for the programme straight away and, after attending an assessment centre with 15 other graduates, she won a place on the scheme.

Sofiya is now working as a software test analyst for one of Capita’s clients after completing the 12 week training programme. She enjoyed the training programme, as she had the opportunity to work on simulated projects and to learn a lot about herself.

“This programme really prepares you for anything and made me feel confident about starting my first placement for one of Capita’s client organisations”, she said.

The BSc Computing graduate also believes her academic studies at London Met have played a real role in her success to date.

“My degree course helped me to develop into a responsible young professional, capable of managing my personal life, employment and studies. My lecturers would always spend extra time on teaching and explaining new learning materials,” she said.

“They would also give me detailed feedback, so that I could improve my academic work. I found the University Careers Service extremely useful throughout my whole time at University and particularly in my final year.

“I would recommend that students visit the Careers Service during their time at University. My advice to all London Met students is to stay motivated, work hard and the university is there to help you with the rest!”