James Mistry completed a Technology Graduate Scheme at BT in the Group Engineering Services (GES) team. During the two year programme he worked on combating cyber crime.
Having graduated with an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of York, he tells us how his time with BT pushed his technology career to the next level.
BT provided me with invaluable opportunities to develop my leadership skills in a large and diverse community of graduates. I had the chance to establish the GES University Research Liaison scheme at the same time as working on several research projects.
Throughout the scheme, I was constantly developing and honing my skills by working on projects including:
- Developing real-time C++ networking software on leading edge computing architectures, such as GPU and Tilera Gx
- Working on a prototype system to heuristically detect malicious shellcode
- Developing an over-the-phone human authentication method that could safely be used in public places without leaking sensitive information, such as birth dates or maiden names
Taking on more responsibility
In the second year of the scheme, I became responsible for the re-architecting of a key piece of critical high performance customer software. This was challenging technical work and involved working closely with highly skilled customers on the refinement of their technical roadmap. It was incredibly rewarding and vital for developing myself technical knowledge and broadening my portfolio of soft skills.
I now lead a team of software engineers developing high speed processing software for a major customer, as well as being responsible for the technical delivery of a large scale cyber security capability. My time at BT has set me up to become the head of a team of exceptional and talented people, while widening my experience and knowledge of technology.
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