Taking advantage of every opportunity- How my 4 years on ITMB changed my life

4 years ago I applied for Business Information Systems at UWE whilst studying software development at Strode College. Unfortunately (or not) the course had stopped that years intake. As a result I came across ITMB, I applied (little did I know that the next 4 years would change my life).

Year 1… I was a nobody (not literally, but in the IT/Business world I was)

I had done extremely well at college achieving 3 A* at A-Level or the equivalent of. I had little confidence in speaking to people and very little business acumen… ITMB was about to change this.

My first student/employer event (daunting to say the least at the time), involved group presentations, employer speakers (extremely inspiring), workshops and networking (the hardest part – I struggled to start conversations). After speaking to a selection of employers with friends I started to feel at ease.

Using this slight confidence at the end of my 1st year, I approached Sue and Christina from the Tech Partnership, asking if I could go back to college, explaining what I had found out so far about ITMB and its fantastic offering with employers (to get A level students more aware of this degree before applying to university).

The following year I received ‘excellent contribution’ at the Manchester student/employer event in 2012, which ITMB got other students to replicate this out across the whole UK and now into schools.

Year 2… I was still really a nobody but people started to recognise me

On the back of the award, I felt more confident about myself… I applied to a ‘mock assessment day’ through ITMB/Hewlett Packard (little did I know this was to become a massive stepping stone to my career). The day involved CV screening, group assessments, 1-2-1 interviews and direct access to HP recruitment. After making initial contact I had connections into HP… Cutting the story short, I found myself on a year’s placement by maintaining contact with the recruitment team.

Year 3… I started to become somebody (I was known by ITMB and HP)

My time at HP exposed me to the world of IT and Business, whilst enhancing my business acumen such as communication, time management, and leadership. I was involved in maintaining client datacentres/services, leading my own internal projects and managing my own training development program.

Year 4…

Upon my return to UWE from placement, a consultancy project with a real charity organisation, a dissertation and several IT/Business modules later, I was graduating with 1st Class and a graduate project management role in IT security back with HP, I had become somebody!

Employers are screaming at graduates with skills combining IT/Business. Get stuck in, network, work hard and network some more. Before you realise, you will be somebody and will have that key to employment, through ITMB.

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming”John Wooden