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Graduate Profile: David Jones

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What was your undergraduate degree and when did you graduate?

HND Web Management then BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Networking (2004)

What is your job title and role?

Senior IT Operations Manager.  My role is to oversee the day to day operations of multiple technical teams to ensure service is maintained and tooling is exploited. I provide advice and guidance on infrastructure complexities and am an authority for the teams I manage.

Could you briefly describe the organization you work for?

Fujitsu provide information technology solutions for businesses including application services, IT consulting, infrastructure services and products. My career began in Fujitsu where I worked as a junior engineer and progressed through to my current role. In September 2015 I transferred to the DVLA in the first major IT in-sourcing project for the government and successfully landed the capability. Now stabilization has been established, I have decided to leave the DVLA and go back to the private sector with a security company; here I will be working internationally to assist them in accomplishing their worldwide objectives.

Did your degree modules inspire you or help you in choosing your job? How?

Yes, I had a keen interest in both Computer and Networking Security and based my dissertation on this subject. I would like to say this was my main drive for choosing my Job however; it came down to location and who the company was in the end. Considering their status globally in the IT market, I felt they were the best company to begin my IT career. I started as a junior engineer where my drive and passion for success assisted me greatly in moving through the ranks and in the eleven years I have been with them, progressed through multiple roles taking on more responsibility while adapting and embracing to the change.

What modules are most helpful to you in your job?

Computer Systems Analysis, Computer Networking, Wide Area Networks, Quality Management Principles, Human Computer Interface and most of all the main Project. I really felt these helped pull all the subjects together and aid in my development.

Where do you find yourself using the transferable skills that you developed in University?

In all aspects of my job I find myself using the skills learned in University. Primarily for me, understanding a projects lifecycle through a project plan and developing that project through requirements specification, system specification, testing and validation and a conclusion. This methodology is the foundation of ITIL best practice which is an industry standard today.

Computer Systems and Analysis is key in my opinion, it really does set you up for almost anything in the work place as they skills are transferable regardless of technology. This kind of learning and development is priceless as it can be used over and over and developed, improved and passed on.

The key aspect of University is conditioning you to working under pressure and accepting pressure as a driver rather than an something to avoid.

Where do you use your specialist skills and abilities (e.g. business, programming, web, databases, networks etc.)

My role has evolved considerably since working for Fujitsu; I used all of the technical skill I learned in University for my role. Skills learned change frequently and it is essential to keep up to date with technology trends. However, basic principles remain the same and so, providing an understanding of how a given technology works is firmly understood, changes within that are easier to adapt to. One basic example of this and one almost everyone would be familiar with is Microsoft Operating Systems. If they are examined over the last ten years the functionality is the same, it has just been improved upon and the interface is different. From NT4 through to Windows Server 2012 R2 or even Windows 98 to Windows 10, Microsoft have added in new functionality and improved them but picking up each new Operating System with a baseline is easier than learning it for the first time.

Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?

My role today is much different from when I began, as a Senior IT Operations manager I have accountability for multiple teams of IT professionals. I rely on them for the in depth details of the technology and I work as a Manager, ensuring process is followed to strict change controls. I took on additional responsibility for a new account with Fujitsu and travelled there once a week or worked remotely depending on the demands placed upon me. While at Fujitsu I reported to Account Executives and regularly attended board level meetings to discuss the capability, or deal with corporate level escalations as and when required.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?

Watching people develop and gain confidence, being a mentor or coach as and when required.

Any tips for someone wanting to develop a career in your sector?

Focus on University, your strengths and weaknesses come out through the subjects you study and your career path will develop naturally. Find your strengths and exploit them, understand your weaknesses and accept them.

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Graduate Profile: Dafydd Moore @ John Lewis PLC

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What was your undergraduate degree?

BSc (Hons) Web Management

What is your job title and role?
IT Communications and Engagement Manager for John Lewis PLC.  This role involves bringing together key stakeholders from around the business to understand the capabilities of technology and how we can turn it into a strategic advantage for our business.

Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for?
John Lewis Partnership is a multi-site retailer consisting of John Lewis Department stores and Waitrose Supermarkets. It is the UKs largest employee owned business.

Did you complete a foundation degree or HND/C before studying for your degree?
Yes, I completed a HND first then converted this into a BSc.

Where do you find yourself using the skills that you developed in University?
At my time in University I started my development journey in some key skills that I use daily at work.  Critical reasoning, researching and going beyond the obvious to get to the heart of a matter,  meeting deadlines and working in teams were some of the key ones.  If you want to be more of a technical expert you need to work hard to keep these skills current and marketable, view the skills you have been taught as the start of a learning journey that carries on once you complete your formal education.

Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?
Every day is very different. I have a team of Engagement Managers and Communication Officers.  The Engagement team look after the strategic requirements of the end users ensuring our IT function understands their needs and they are informing our architecture, delivery and service operations teams making sure they are aware what is going on in the business.  I meet with these most mornings and review our service delivery performance.  I will then have various meetings and discussions or site visits to understand where we can make the most difference to our business and how we can manage the value perception of IT.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?
I am very fortunate I get to work at the cutting edge of IT and am tasked with understanding new technologies, the impact they may have on our business and how we can use this to be the disruptor in our sector rather than the disrupted.  This can involve supplier visits to companies such as Microsoft, Google and Apple or technology shows such as NRF in New York.

Any tips for someone wanting to develop a career in your sector?
The longer I have worked in IT the more certain I am that people skills will play a more and more important role for those that want to pursue a career in IT.  All the work I do now is very collaborative and stakeholder management is critical.  As you progress through your studies take time to support those around you and understand how the work you are doing might help them…..and have fun it is a great industry to work in!

Graduate Profile: Thomas Coleman

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  1. What was your HE course? BSc (Hons) Web Development
  2. What is your job title and role? PHP Web Developer, the role involves working on the weekly development sprints in conjunction with my colleagues and the other departments.
  3. Could you briefly describe the organization you work for? “Cobalt Telephone Technologies (http://www.ctt.co.uk/) is part of the Parkmobile worldwide group. We specialise in developing and delivering self-service payment and transactional environments, which simplify the lives of individuals and the organisations they interact with. Our solutions, which typically operate via mobile phone, fixed phone or web, are innovative and secure.” Basically a player in the global parking industry. Very cool 😉
  4. Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? The ability to problem solve and be able to work with others. The ability to read code and try to understand how it pieces together. If you view University as training you for the working world, when you work hard and push yourself to deliver assignments, it helps translate over into “The real world”.
  5. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? Typically I get in at 8:00am, look to see what active Jira tickets I have to finish, if none I pick another ticket up from the sprint. I will then start working on the ticket and often with my colleagues. Once I finish the development work (if any was needed), I will test it locally, then push the code to the staging environment and test it there. Once that is done I will ask for it to be code reviewed by peers, who would then pass it on to the QA team who will either verify it and close the ticket (pending being put live once a week), or will come back with feedback, and put it back into development. Typically my working hours are 8:00am-4:30pm with a lunch break of an hour.
  6. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I enjoy having enough work to do, that I don’t get bored, but not too much that there is too much pressure which would create a bad working environment. I also enjoy that there is quite a relaxed working environment with friendly and social colleagues.

Graduate Project: Space Ships and Tractor Beams

Computer Games Graduate and Director of ChaosTrend Ltd Darren Adams shares his latest little project with New Space Ships and Tractor Beams 😉 LIKE 🙂

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Simon Downes @ UWTSD Student Research Conference 2016

Computer Networking student Simon Downes talks about a Smart University utilising the concept of the Internet of Things (IOT) at this year’s UWTSD Student Research Conference 2016.

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