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What is your background?

I'm a fourth year student at the University of Edinburgh studying a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. I am from Fort William where I attended my summer placement.

What did you like most about your placement?

I enjoyed using my mathematical skills I have learnt at university in a real, applied situation and been trusted wholly with the outcome of the projects. It was most enjoyable seeing how my work helped further the company's progress.

What project were you involved in?

I worked for a software company where I undertook two main projects both involving identifying and solving the mathematical problems of different engineering situations for the companies clients. I then programmed and tested the solutions in two computational programs and documented my work to be returned to the client.

What did you learn and what skills have you gained from your placement?

I have learnt how to apply my personal and mathematical skills in a professional environment which has confirmed the importance of these skills particularly the skills I have acquired throughout my degree.

How do you think the placement experience will help you in the future?

It has provided me with vital work experience to enhance my CV but has also given me more confidence to pursue a fulfilling career.