Name: Paul Smith
Degree and university: Sunderland University, B.A. Computer Studies / MSc Software Engineering
Work title: Graduate Software Engineer, Welcom Software
What do you actually do? I’m working on Client Services for Welcom Software. My role involves supporting companies who use Welcom software applications to suit their needs, whether that means supplying goods or the financial sector.
Were you always interested in working in IT? After I finished my A Levels I became interested in IT as a career. I was aware of the IT boom in the late 1990s, and could only see the sector becoming more popular as technology progressed.
What do you most like about what you do and are there any downsides? The working environment is good; in the most part it is relaxed and everyone seems to get on well as part of a team.
I haven’t yet fully utilised the knowledge and skills I gained at university, and would like to use these more. Hopefully the job role will change in the near future so I can successfully engage my skills and strengths.
What skills do you need to succeed in what you do? I believe that to stay successful in the computing sector, you must keep up-to-date with any new technologies and standards, as the sector is very quick to change.
What advice would you give other graduates coming into this sector? It is impossible to be an expert in all areas of the computing sector. My advice to graduates is to choose an area in the sector that they are qualified in and have studied at university – for example, network management – and persevere with that sub sector or with whatever sub sector they feel most comfortable with.