Goldsmiths Computing student shortlisted for Undergraduate of the Year

A third year Computing student has made it into the final of Target Jobs’ Undergraduate of the Year, in the Science & Computing category.

The organisers describe their ideal winner as “someone who can demonstrate a real passion for technology and the ability to communicate their innovative mindset with others”. They will win a month’s internship at FDM, a global professional services provider with a focus on IT.

highres_2665890643rd year Francesco Perticarari got through to the assessment stage by completing maths, computing and psychometric tests, and writing about a piece of technology that he is working on.

“At the moment, I’m building Silicon Roundabout, an online hub to help startups and tech ideas at any stage of development connect with investors, early adopters, and software developers / employees.

“When I got through to the assessment day, I wasn’t sure about what to expect and I remember walking in fairly casual, only to find out that everyone else was in a suit. Despite that I felt fairly relaxed because all the other attendees were quite friendly and fun and we linked up quickly. We were asked to do a group test including time management, organisational skills, and presentation.

“After that we had individual interviews. I was asked to explain why I should win this internship and I said: Because I’ve worked really hard, and if I don’t know something, I keep looking for the right people who can help me, and then annoy them until I get it.

Last week the organisers announced that Francesco had made it into the top ten. The winner will be announced at a networking lunch event in April. The business-savvy student says: “This event will give me a chance to connect with interesting people in the industry that could possibly help my Silicon Roundabout project gain traction.”

Good luck, Francesco!