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Katie Hamling

BSc (Hons) Computer Science
Graduated 2017

BSc (Hons) Computing graduate, Katie Hamling

What have you been up to since graduating?

Since leaving university in 2017, I have set up my own business that offers website design and development alongside social media management and photography. I enjoy finding new clients and portraying their business online in a way that is unique to them. I have worked with clients all around the world and my first global client made me realise that you don’t need a job in a massive company to reach people anywhere in the world.

Being able to work for myself as a tiny company, but still do work for big companies in America, is a big achievement for me.

How did Solent help prepare you for your career?

Learning computing was obviously a massive help with my job choice now, but Solent wasn’t just about the degree. For me, Solent taught me how to prioritise my time effectively, how to work well in tough situations and how to get the most out of my studies. I became more aware that the effort I put into my studies was reflected in my grade, which seems obvious now. Before Solent I would complete work and hand it in, knowing that it was completed ... but during my time at Solent I learnt to work hard, hand work in and feel pleased, not because it was completed, but because I was proud of it.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Make the most of your time at university – the three years goes so quickly. Speak to your lecturers – they’re going to be an invaluable part of your studies.