Name: Jamie Olver, 25
Degree/university: Electronic Engineering, Nottingham University, 2:1, 2002
Occupation: Lead Software Engineer, BT
What do you do in your job?
I edit and proof the BT broadband "help" function, which sits in people’s computers. It involves a lot of software development, speaking to customers and sorting out test labs for the software.
What was your motivation in applying?
I was really keen to get into the communication sector. I worked in electronic engineering when I first left university and that made me realise that I wanted to work in a high-tech industry. From there I joined BT in June 2004.
What did the application process involve?
I had to complete an application form, take a telephone interview, an assessment day and then a final interview. The assessment day was really tough as they had you doing lots of different tasks.
What do you enjoy about your job?
There is plenty of variety in this job. I can be out seeing a customer one day and doing software development the next.
Most challenging part of the job?
We work to tight schedules and that can be quite demanding.
It can be a very intense job as you have a lot of graduate days to go on and you also have to arrange to see customers or suppliers.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
You have to be very self-motivated and be able to make your career happen. There are lots of opportunities but they won’t come to you, you have to go out and get them.