Graduate profile
mathematics and computer science graduate

Julie Feest

"My time at Surrey made me see my strengths and my willpower to succeed, however hard at times I felt the various pressures around me."

Course
Mathematics and Computer Science BSc (Hons)
Graduation year
1989

How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student?

Being surrounded by like-minded people, I was able to expand my knowledge and develop my problem-solving skills. I grew up as an individual whilst living away from home and became a stronger person. I was able to make my own choices and achieve what I wanted to accomplish.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your line of work?

I am a Chief Executive Officer of an educational charity called the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). EDT envision a society where young people across the UK have equal access to engage with subjects across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and can reach their potential in STEM careers and further study.

I moved from 15 years in the technology industry to using my business, relationship and selling skills in the charity sector, progressing to CEO two years ago. I am passionate about helping young people to see the great opportunities that a career in STEM can give them.

How did your time at Surrey influence your career?

My time at Surrey made me see my strengths and my willpower to succeed, however hard at times I felt the various pressures around me.

How can students hoping to work in your profession make the most of their time at Surrey?

I would encourage all students to take a Professional Training placement or internship relevant to their degree. I spent a year at Plessey in the IT department, where I worked with a fabulous team and developed some great programs supporting the business, which enabled me to see how broadly IT can help any business.

To work in the technology industry you have to use your problem-solving and creative skills, and be agile to the constant change. I use many of those skills today in the charity sector, so it enables you to move careers when you feel the need for change.

What aspects of being connected with the alumni network are most important to you/of most interest to you?

I am interested in supporting the University that enabled me to grow and be confident. My daughter hopes to study Biomedical Science at Surrey, so it has been great to come back and see all the changes to the campus over the years, which has created a renewed interest in me to be engaged.

 

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