George shepherd

George Shepherd

What is the name of the company you work for and what do they do?

The company is called Hawk-Eye Innovations and they are a sports technology company who use slow-motion cameras and ball tracking technology to aid the officiating process and broadcasting of sports such as cricket, tennis, football, badminton as well as many others. 

What is your role within the company?

I work within the cricket department setting up and operating the systems which are used to track cricket balls.

Can you please give me an insight into a typical day?

A typical match day would involve turning up to the ground a few hours before the game starts to set up and check the software is working. Then throughout the game, I will be constantly checking the cameras and tuning the settings within the software to ensure it works at its optimum. If the officials require the assistance of the technology to aid their decision making (slow-motion cameras to check no-balls, run-outs, stumpings and catches, and ball tracking technology for LBW decisions )  then I need to ensure the ball tracking is perfect in order for the correct decision to be made on the field.

What do you enjoy the most and do you get involved in any interesting projects?

I enjoy working in the sports industry, as well the travelling to different sports venues around the world.

Why did you want to undertake a year in industry?

I undertook a year in industry to gain some valuable work experience and improve the skills needed for this job such as working under pressure and a good technical knowledge.

What do you think you have got out of this experience so far? 

I have learnt a lot in a wide range of areas, from TV broadcasting, photography, computer hardware to coding, as well as a better understanding of what I would want to do after graduating.

Do you have any tips and advice to current students thinking of undertaking a year in industry?

My advice would be to start researching early, as there are lots of jobs out there that you will never have heard of. Also use the resources that are available to you to be able to get the best application for the jobs you want.