31/08/2018

Nitec Student Successes

Nitec is delighted to welcome several new faces that have joined us on a placement year as part of their university studies, as well as a couple of familiar faces who have returned after their recent graduations.

New Additions to the Teams

Callum Norris is spending his placement year working alongside the Consultancy team and has been studying his degree in Computer Science at Ulster University. Despite originally wanting to be a programmer, Callum’s position in the Consultancy team has provided him with a breadth of knowledge spanning the whole of IT, which he feels has been both to his benefit and enjoyment.

“From my time at Nitec, I hope to gain knowledge and experience covering all areas of IT. Although I have only been here a few months, so far I’ve learned more than my previous 2 years at university because I’m receiving hands on training from an incredibly intelligent and friendly group of people.”

Matthew Webster is working as part of the Service Desk team during his Computer Science placement year, also studying for his degree at Ulster University.

“I hope to gain a lot of experience and new skills at Nitec that I wouldn’t be able to pick up from my degree alone, and I’m hoping this will allow me to eventually go into business within the IT/Software industry.”

Matthew Simpson has joined the Software Development team for a year’s placement, however he is already a familiar face in the Nitec office as he had previously completed a placement period at Nitec during his foundation degree before going on to study and complete with a Software Engineering degree from Ulster University. Having completed his studies, Matthew jumped at the opportunity to join the team again and gain more experience in the industry.

“During this placement, my main aim is to improve the quality of my software development. Having only having been here for 2 months, I can already see my level of understanding increase which has a direct impact on my level of development and this is all thanks to the software development team here at Nitec as they are able to guide me in the right direction whenever I experience a problem.

“Once my placement comes to an end, I would hope to find myself in a full–time development role, hopefully somewhere as half as supportive and understanding as Nitec have been! Though a holiday somewhere first is not out of the question…”

Bronagh McKay has joined the newly created Network Monitoring team for her placement year, as part of her degree in Computing and Information Technology at Queen’s University Belfast.

“From my placement at Nitec I hope to gain hands on experience within the IT industry, and so far I have been learning more than I thought was possible. Everyone at Nitec has been extremely welcoming which has allowed me to settle in very fast. I can already tell that I will have expanded my skills and knowledge of IT by the end of my placement which will help me to progress with my degree and a successful career in IT.”

 

Past Successes

Nitec has a history of providing students with invaluable placement opportunities, developing their skills and capabilities, and ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge they need for their chosen career path.

Andrew Mulholland from Queen’s University Belfast and Eleanor Heath from Ulster University are amongst Nitec’s previous students. Andrew recently graduated with a first–class honours in Computer Science and has commenced employment at Nitec as a Dev Ops Engineer. Eleanor also graduated with a first–class honours in Computing, along with a distinction in her Diploma in Professional Practice, based on her placement year at Nitec.

Speaking of her placement, Eleanor said, “The placement year Nitec offered me, and the experience I gained from this, really helped me. It was an excellent placement and prepared me well for my fourth and final year.”

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