How did you get your current job - what were the steps you took from graduation?
I first heard of G-Research when attending my universities careers fair; there I was able to ask questions and gain knowledge about the job role and company culture. Fortunately, a few days later I was approached by a recruiter on LinkedIn, of whom organised an interview. The application process was extremely quick – I had two short days of interviews and was offered the job all in the same week!
How relevant was your subject of study in securing your current job?
My course was 50% business, so I was worried at first that I wouldn’t have enough IT knowledge, however the first month of the job is purely dedicated to training, with the final week spent in an external Microsoft training centre with the opportunity to gain an official certificate.
Describe a typical working day in your current job.
There isn’t a typical working day, and that’s why the job is so enjoyable. Each day exposes me to a different area of IT, whether it’s monitoring and diagnosing server issues, building new workstations and VMs, managing Active Directory, Exchange DNS and DHCP, scripting with PowerShell, backing up SAN storage, or setting up new Cisco and Blackberry phones.
How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?
I have always wanted to have an infrastructure role, and unfortunately my course didn’t provide any modules that reflected this. However, I feel I have already vastly developed my knowledge in this area with the future ambition to join one of our infrastructure teams.
What do you enjoy about your job?
Throughout my university course, I was mainly taught how to programme, whereas this job role has enabled me to get more hands on with infrastructure and networking.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
After I finished the training, I was thrown straight into the job which was very challenging at first, due to the wide scope of IT we deal with. However, this was managed very well by having senior mentors and having exposure to other teams.
What are the best things about working in this sector?
The company has an extremely social culture, the team I work with are mostly placement students or graduates, and we often have team and company events. There are also opportunities to travel a number of our offices and data centres around the world.
Finally, what advice would you have for other students and graduates who would like to get into this career?
Don’t be put off if you haven’t any much experience or knowledge, the training opportunities are huge and there are many people to support you along the way!