Careers in Computer Science

Andrew Starkey

"My advice for those considering studying computer science is simply, don’t hesitate."

Andrew Starkey, PhD Computer Science graduate, now a Senior Researcher at BT.

I chose to study at Essex because of its strong School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and its excellent research training. I chose to study computational intelligence because of the topics I found interesting in my undergraduate degree. I particularly enjoyed the topics that focused on artificial intelligence and robotics.

Studying at Essex gave me research skills, additional programming experience, practical applications of artificial intelligence and presentation skills. I visited the Employability and Careers Centre for advice on a number of occasions, but the opportunities for my career mainly came from within the School.

Since graduating from Essex, I went on to complete a PhD and I have been employed at BT as a Senior Researcher Scientist. I also won the ‘Data Scientist of the Year’ award, as well as a number of other awards, working on my PhD at Essex.

My work has contributed to the world we live in by reducing CO2 emissions by over 2,500 metric tonnes. I make sure the network infrastructure, that we rely so heavily on, is maintained and upgraded in the most efficient ways.

My advice for those considering studying computer science is simply, don’t hesitate. Always take the opportunity to enhance your skills in a thriving area. Computer science, and particularly artificial intelligence, will only continue to grow in importance over the years to come. A degree in one of these subjects will add substantial value to your future career, as it has done to mine.