Degree:Computer Science (BSc)
University: Nottingham Trent University
The role I was given was to help the Demo Team (part of technical marketing) develop demos to show at exhibitions, talk to clients at exhibitions about ARMs IP and show the demos produced to clients. Developing each demo would involve:
- Getting to grips with the hardware used; working on embedded systems was very different to working with PCs.
- getting to grips with a new set of development tools
- working with a variety of new libraries
- coding in C/Assembler
As each demo I worked on was quite different, and in many cases involved working on different hardware for each project, I learned a great deal and was kept interested with the variety in the types of workload.
Since I have been here there has never been a time where I have not had full support from the team I am part of. The team are always happy to give answers to questions, and if they don't possess them, point you in the right direction.
There is a group of graduates/placement students who get together for various activities every few weeks. Also, ARM throws two big social events every year: The summer barbeque (a family style event) and the Christmas party (black tie event). Unfortunately I missed the summer barbeque but the Christmas party I managed to attend, was fun. It had several themed rooms, free food/drink, a dance floor, roulette tables, black jack tables etc.
During my placement at ARM I have had the opportunity to travel abroad on several occasions. I have visited Santa Clara in California, Paris, Nuernberg and London (not exactly abroad, but still out of the office). The reason for these trips has been to help setup and man demos for exhibitions which ARM take part in and sometimes even host themselves. It would be my job to setup the demos, show them to clients and talk to clients about ARMs IP. I was booked into hotels and went out at night to restaurants for food and drink with the team, all of which was completely expensed by ARM.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement at ARM, and would definitely recommend it to any other student who is interested in programming. Considering that I am still a student, I have been given lots of responsibility, many interesting projects to work on, learned a great deal and to top it all off had the opportunity to travel abroad. 10/10 and a gold star :)