Degree/University: 2.1 in computer science/software engineering with business studies from the University of Birmingham
Year of Graduation: 2006
Occupation: Technical consultant at Hewlett Packard
What do you do in your job?
As a consultant you have to have an understanding of the technology that surrounds both Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. (HP is a strong partner to Microsoft.) The role involves project work and we are often based at the sites of HP’s biggest customers. We can be working on any stage of a migration project – from the big phase where HP is trying to win business, or at the other end, where we’re deploying work. I’ve been on my current project for almost seven months and I’ve found that there is so much scope to move around and do different work on projects. It is interesting to see what the client wants actually being implemented. On a project, no two days are ever the same.
What was your motivation in applying?
I’d always heard of Hewlett Packard as being one of biggest IT companies in the world. I applied mainly after looking at the quality of the training on offer, as it seemed really good. Additionally, I was interested in doing the Microsoft qualifications as part of the programme when I joined. As a self-starter it’s the best place to be: you can do whatever you want if you’ve got the necessary drive.
What did the application process involve?
Initially there was a web-based application form to complete. Following that there was a phone interview. In fact, there were quite a few candidates my year, so I had to have a second phone interview. I was then invited to the headquarters for an assessment day; there I met graduate managers and project managers for whom I would eventually be working.
What do you enjoy about your job?
It is so challenging. And the good thing is that if you have to do something you’ve not heard of before, there’s always someone on the project to ask about it. Also, the work that you do does get recognised, and if you do it well enough, you will possibly be well rewarded. You are really counted as an employee here. Plus the employees here are lovely, and it’s a very people-focused organisation.
Most challenging part of your job?
The travelling is the most challenging element of the job – you are away from home a lot and you can get dropped in at the deep end. Although it sounds like a negative, it’s not really, as it presents a challenge – you are not sitting at the same desk every week. If you’re into fast-paced environments, then the HP consultant programme is perfect. But that’s not to say you don’t have a good social life on the programme. We regularly meet up and there is a real community.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
If you are really up for a challenge and motivated to succeed then I would definitely recommend you apply to Hewlett Packard. It’s a good career option as there’s so much scope to move around and to develop. If you’ve got an idea HP is happy for you to speak up – your input is always valid.