TWO students are celebrating securing full-time jobs at one of the UK’s leading software development companies.
Sage (UK) Limited has offered Sunderland University computing students Thomas Bevan and Elliott Perry permanent positions once their degree course is completed this summer.
The dedicated pair will be working on some of the company’s core products at Sage’s headquarters in Newcastle after impressing bosses.
Elliott, 21, a BA business computing student from Washington, said: “I’m delighted to have secured a permanent full-time job despite the economic climate.
“I’m even more pleased that, not only is the job in my preferred career, the position is in a company as reputable and innovative as Sage.
“I strongly believe my situation is a credit to the ‘placement’ experience the University of Sunderland offers and students should look to capitalise on it whenever possible.
“I also feel Sage is proof that large companies value academic qualifications as much as work experience and that working hard in university can be the beginning to a successful career.”
Thomas, 23, is a BSc computing student.
He said: “I’m very happy about getting an opportunity to return to Sage.
“I believe completing a placement helped me vastly to get a graduate position, and I would recommend all students to consider the possibility of undertaking a placement.”
The students worked alongside highly skilled software architects, developers, business analysts, test technicians and technical authors, learning new skills and technologies and gaining invaluable experience.
Caron Green, senior lecturer in computing, said: “Securing their sandwich placements at Sage was a great boost to their degree studies, enabling them to put into practice the valuable skills they’d developed at the university.
“It was clear they returned to their final year with a more mature and professional outlook. We are delighted to have been a part of their success in securing such an opportunity, although the hard work is down to them.”
Thomas and Elliott’s securing of their positions comes as the Echo continues its Degrees of Success campaign.
In partnership with the University of Sunderland, the campaign aims to help increase the number of graduates on Wearside, giving people with talent, regardless of background, the opportunity to fulfil their career ambitions, increase their earnings potential and enjoy a life-changing experience.
Sunderland is well below the national average, with just 22 per cent of young people going to university compared to national average of 36 per cent.