After four tough years, in May of this year I finally completed my Computing degree at the University of Ulster, Coleraine – graduating with a first class honours.
I had been consumed with feelings of stress and anxiety up until that point to complete my dissertation, revise and perform well in my exams. Shortly after, these feelings dissipated but were quickly replaced with the tremendous pressure to find a promising job in the IT industry. I am sure most of you reading this can relate to the terrible feeling of being in limbo, whether you have just graduated yourself or are between jobs, safe to say it is not pleasant. I was eager to get a head start and had high hopes of beating the rest of my fellow students to the punch, so as soon as I received my final grade I began the daunting search for a job. This search involved sending my CV to every recruitment agency and potential employer I came across online, followed by a string of interviews – sometimes only a few days apart. I quickly found that there was a lot of competition out there and a finite number of jobs.
During one of my online job searches I came across a vacancy for a Graduate Technical Sales Assistant, posted by Nitec. I already knew of Nitec from my placement year at Decora Blinds (a Nitec client). During this time, I witnessed first–hand the high–quality IT services that Nitec provided and I got to know some of the staff from various calls and visits. This peaked my interest in the company, so when I stumbled across a job opportunity online I wasted no time in applying. I applied only a few days before my graduation and two stress–free interviews later I was offered the role. I started the following week which meant that less than a week of graduating I had begun my career. I was not only relieved that the graduate job hunt was over; I was delighted that I had landed a role in a market–leading company.
We are all used to seeing offices filled with tech that’s not really fit for purpose or that is just good enough to get you by (and the odd bit that should have been put out of its misery a long time ago). I noticed on my arrival that in Nitec this is not the case as every employee is provided with a high–end laptop ranging from HP EliteBooks to Microsoft Surface Books. As the new start I knew I’d be starting on something a little less extravagant – only to be presented with the new Microsoft Surface Pro along with the new Surface Pen which is yet to be released in Europe (the MD had picked it up on a recent trip to the States). The rest of the office is also kitted out with all the latest technology such an 84 inch touch screen TV and cutting edge video conferencing systems – so needless to say that, as a tech enthusiast, I am in my element.
I’m definitely looking forward to what the future holds at Nitec and I have a feeling that it will be a long time before I have to endure the tedious misery of a job hunt!
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