Record interest in Gradshow

Published: 26 March 2017

Some of the world's largest companies within visual effects and video games have visited Luleå University of Technology for this year's Gradshow. – It's great to have the opportunity to communicate with potential employers, says Anton Grönberg, student in Computer Engineering.

There was a record number of companies that made it to the university campus in Skellefteå for this year's Gradshow and had exciting meetings with the students. During the traditional Q&A session, the students got tips on everything from how to behave during job interviews to presenting their portfolio. Claire Anderson and Rob Holmes from The Mill had flown in from London. The Mill is a visual effects company that primarily works with commercials.

– It is important for us not only to visit the major universities. Swedish students have a good reputation, said Rob Holmes.

What is your best advice for students who are about to enter the labour market?

– Surprise the people you meet! I think it's important to show that you are more than your portfolio, said Rob Holmes.

Arash Vahdat is responsible for the programme in Graphic Design. He is pleased with the large number of companies that have come to inspire the students.

– It is invaluable for students to be able to meet the industry like this, explained Arash Vahdat.

– In addition, the companies' presence confirms that our programmes are of high quality.

Unique opportunity to meet the industry

Apart from listening to lectures given by company representatives, the students were also able to showcase their own projects for the industry. On Anton Grönberg's screen we see smoke, fire, sparks and a whisp flying around.

– This solution was created on a graphics card instead of the processor, explained Anton Grönberg and continues enthusiastically:

– Computer Engineering is a broad education. We learn all aspects of game programming which means we can work in many different industries. We become practical programmers, and that is really fun!


Photo: Lars Andersson
Photo: Lars Andersson