Backup Technology shares advice for a career in IT

Five University of Leeds students visited the Backup Technology UK Headquarters last Tuesday evening for a careers presentation and reception. Students had signed up to the event through their Careers Centre to find out more about a career in IT.

CEO Simon Chappell and Stewart Parkin, Sales Manager, greeted students at their head office premises for the evening presentation.  Simon started the event by welcoming and introducing students to the company.  He explained the graduate roles available in sales and technical support, as well as details of company case studies with Liverpool Football Club and the British Red Cross.  Information was also shared on company events such as the Backup 500 Challenge, where staff raised more than £1500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and training events in Toronto, Canada with partner Asigra.

Stewart Parkin, Sales Manager shared with students his career in IT.  Also, an alumnus of the University of Leeds, he graduated with a degree in Computing in 2008 and he has since progressed with Backup Technology to gain many of his own clients, including a number of household names. With the ever increasing competitiveness for graduate jobs, Stewart advised to students ‘It is tougher these days to get a graduate job, but it is important to carry on as you are, meeting companies and learning as much as you can before you applying for roles.’  The talks were followed by networking and a personal buffet, in the company’s new breakout room.

It was the first time for the Careers Centre to hold a presentation off campus and in a company’s headquarters.  It was also the first time that Backup Technology had hosted a careers presentation at their head office. As a growing small business, the small number of students meant that CEO Simon Chappell could share and provide more for these interested students.

‘It was fantastic to get to meet the students and it was a privilege to have them come to our building.  The market is getting tougher for them and we wanted to provide the opportunity for the keenest of students to find out what we’re looking for in new employees’ said Simon.

Second year Computer Science student, Donald Whyte, was one of the five students that attended and he commented

‘It was nice being brought into the actual company’s office and meeting the CEO, and I think I learnt more about the organisation and what it would be like to work there because of that. That personal touch made Backup Technology feel more like a place where we would actually be valued, rather than a large organisation which would use trained employees to deliver presentations to hundreds of students’ he said.

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