Name: Satkinder Gill
Degree and University: Sheffield Hallam University, BSc Hons Computing (Networks)
Title: Orange Technical Operations Graduate
What do you actually do? I am currently on the graduate scheme within Orange. It is a two year scheme which gives me the opportunity to work around different areas within the Orange technical environment. It opens up opportunities to learn about how the company works as a whole, whilst learning about different job roles, which helps define a career path to follow. There are also a number of training opportunities, with training budgets available for professional qualifications.
Why did you decide to go into this sector? The IT industry has always been an area that I saw myself going into as I have always been interested in that kind of work. The course that I did was of particular interest to me, as it covered so many different areas of Computing, from programming, web design to project management and networking. There are so many different areas you can move into in the IT industry, it was an open area with so many opportunities.
How did you find out about this particular scheme? I searched through a number of UCAS handbooks, as they were particularly helpful. I also searched specific University websites, looking at the ones with the best Computing schools and then searching the course directories specifically.
Would you undertake further study to enhance your carer? Yes, I would undertake further training to further my career. I think this is essential as enhancing your skills will help build up your portfolio and enable you to do your job better. It allows you to build up the technical and management skills to further your career in your specialist sector and also allows you to retrain and venture into new areas. I am currently looking at doing an ISEB to help me move into new areas of the business.
What do you like most about what you do and are there any downsides? I love getting things done! I enjoy following things through and seeing the end result. Knowing that I have made a difference enhancing our systems or processes, I get great satisfaction out of that. I also love the interaction with different our customers/ suppliers, both internally and externally. All of my job roles in Orange have allowed me to touch base with most areas of the business which has been a great opportunity to build up my contacts.
The only downside is that nothing ever gets done quickly. There are obviously a lot of processes and procedures that need to be followed, which can sometimes slow some things down, but they need to be followed.
What skills do you think you need to succeed? It is important to be proactive, willing to learn, take accountability, adaptable and you need a real drive to achieve a lot in order to do well in each placement and go over and above what is expected of you.
What advice would you give to other graduates? I would say be very open minded. There are so many opportunities available to you, with so many different things you can get involved in, you need to take advantage of those opportunities and make the most of them. Working for a company such as Orange on the Graduate scheme has been so valuable, it has opened so many different doors for me, and I now need to take advantage of those opportunities.