Wilma Gombedza, Professional Services Engineer at eg solutions and ITMB graduate
by Wilma Gombedza, Professional Services Engineer at eg solutions and ITMB graduate, University of Manchester
ITMB allowed me the meet the contacts that will shape my career
I came to the UK at the tender age of 13. Having had no experience with computers, I decided to take on ICT as one of my GCSE subjects. After studying A-Level Computing, Mathematics with Statistics, Economics and Business Studies I got a place at University of Manchester to study Computer Science; It was then I knew I wanted to pursue a career in tech.
The core modules were all technical; such as Programming, Networking, Simulation and Mathematics. While these modules were enjoyable, I felt the degree was limited as it lacked modules that would enhance key business skills such communication, team working and leadership.
I did some research and became aware that most employers in the IT industry required candidates with both technical and soft skills. This prompted me to change my degree to Information Technology Management for Business BSc degree (ITMB); a degree developed by employers with the mix of practical technology and business combined with real employer involvement.
During my three years studying ITMB, I worked on real business projects created by employers within the IT industry and, most of the time, I was leading these projects and presenting findings at the employer’s events. The employer’s events were great networking opportunities and enabled me to research future employers.
My degree encouraged students to complete a summer placement – I got one with SAS Institute (a leader in analytics software) working in their Marketing department. I was assigned to carry out a global digital marketing research project and was responsible for investigating SAS approach to online measurement and reporting. The placement helped me enhance my technical skills and stakeholder management skills; on completion, I felt equipped with the relevant experience and skills to land me a job following the completion of my degree.
As a new graduate, I was passionate about learning more about the IT sector so I attended different IT-related networking events to meet industry experts and make useful contacts. This is how I met Elizabeth Gooch, founder and CEO of a software company called eg solutions (back office optimisation market). Elizabeth shared her story on how she founded the company and I was inspired as to how a woman can be successful in such a male-dominated IT industry. Elizabeth’s career to date and her insights into pre-sales were fascinating.
Elizabeth made a lasting impression on me so I decided to contact her via LinkedIn; taking my chances and asking if she had any vacancies for IT Graduates. I’m now working as a Professional Service Engineer for eg solutions!
The role’s key focus is to work with eg’s Clients and Project Teams to analyse, design, develop, test and document integration solutions as part of chargeable projects. A couple of months into the role, I have been given sole responsibility to manage 2 projects whilst developing my technical and management skills.
What I particularly love about working at eg is the fantastic people it hires and its focus on developing them to their full potential.