The Sun Sets on 2016.
I know I haven’t posted much (or at all) this year. But here’s my quick overview of how my year was.
I started 2016 with while still in my final year of studies for my degree. I got to know about working on a full project to from start to finish and being able to cope with them. I got 78% in my final year project and received a first class honours degree in Computer Science. The three years of university have been an absolute pleasure. Although it was full of horrible deadlines and boring lectures, the people I was with made it worth it!
This year also saw the end of my internship at Channel 4 and having been there for 3 years I had really enjoyed my time there. If provided with the opportunity again, I would take it again every time! I had the best manager to work with and he helped me out with all my projects. It was a really good experience to be in a working environment whilst studying.
I graduated on 11th July and on the 12th I flew to India to visit my family and just take a break after having completed my degree. (I intend to write about my trip but I have just become so lazy/busy. I got to meet all of my family and we were able to meet up for a long weekend in a hillstation. The trips to India go by so quick, it’s tough to think that I went there for over a month!
After coming back from India, I did nothing. Literally nothing for a couple of months. I was staying at home or visiting my uni friends or going to the movies. It was a really good break that I had. I had no pressure from my family to start working or even from myself. But after a month or so of doing nothing, I got bored and then started looking for jobs. No idea why I wasn’t enjoying my time off more.
After I started looking for a job, the interviews were at places in London where I hadn’t been ever before. The interviews got me exploring and I started taking them seriously. One if my interviews was in Kingston Upon Thames. Another was on the 33rd floor of one of the main towers at Canary Wharf.
The place I finally accepted the offer from was in a completely new area around 2 minutes walk from my precious place of work, Channel 4. So much for exploring ????. I was offered a job as a Graduate Software Developer at Thomsons Online Benefits. At the time of writing this, I am 2 months in to my job.
As our company specialises in the benefits market, we had to be given training and for that, we were sent to Cluj-Napoca in Romania for 2 weeks. It was the first time I was travelling to any country in Europe by myself and especially for more than a couple of days. The training provided by our colleagues was just amazing and the city was also a great place to be. In the first week I was there, the weather was really good and I could roam around in the city. The second week, it snowed and the temperature roamed a rumours -2 degrees. It was a really good time that I had spent there. I made some really nice friends with whom we went around to roam the city with, went to dinners and lunches with. A great experience overall. And really glad the company provided me with such an opportunity.
After coming back to London, I started working full time at Thomsons and for the first time in my life I had felt excited after a weekend to go in to work and the environment at work is amazing and the amount of stuff I have got to learn in my 2 months so far is just great. The company has provided me with a great opportunity and I really thank them for it.
In relation to my other hobby – photography – we managed to break the camera that we had for the past 4 years on our trip to India this year but then as a replacement and as a gift to myself, we bought a new Nikon to help my photography grow. It’s true that a camera doesn’t improve someone’s photography but I felt like I had crossed the line at which I had been limited by the gear that I had. I am really going to try and improve my photography in 2017 and make it my year!
Anyway, I’ve rambled on for a long time but here’s me wishing you a very Happy New Year and hope that 2017 is a wonderful year!