Alumni Stories - Aleem Hossain

Aleem Hossain Name: Aleem Hossain
Qualification: BSc(Hons) Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science; currently reading for a PhD in the School studying lexical semantics.
University: University of Birmingham
Employer: Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (part of the UK MoD)
Job Title: Analyst
Location: Birmingham

Skills learnt at university
The ability to identify and assimilate relevant research and apply them to problems. I was also encouraged to develop my presentation skills, which are now an essential part of my day-to-day work.

Current Job
I completed my undergraduate degree in 2004 and went straight into a PhD. I was unable to acquire research funding, and so left the School in January 2006 to work with homeless young people in Birmingham whilst I looked for other jobs. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do long-term, and ended up applying for posts with employers ranging from Capgemini and PWC through to the Probation Service and utilities industry. I had read about Dstl in the Time Top 100 Graduate Employers book and ended up applying for an advertised job on their website rather than taking the Graduate recruitment route.

Dstl work on a variety of different projects, and this has meant that I have never felt like I am stuck in an office doing the same thing every day. I am fortunate to be able to work with both military and civilian personnel, nationally and internationally on a day-to-day basis. Dstl also encourages a number of sports and social activities; within my first year, I have played in a Dstl football team at MoD sports day, had a day at Thorpe Park and been to the Army vs Navy rugby match at Twickenham.

Career plan
I am currently enrolled on the Dstl Chartership Scheme and am working towards CITP and CEng status; I hope to achieve these over the coming years. I intend to continue to develop and apply my skills/knowledge to defence problems, and broaden my experience within Dstl and wider-MoD.

Studying Computer Science at Birmingham
The School provides an excellent environment in which to share and develop ideas in a world-class teaching and research establishment. For example, it organises weekly seminars which attract leading national and international academics whilst also providing the opportunity to present your own research.