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Kristo­pher — Com­put­ing HND

Kristopher

To give me the best pos­si­ble chance of secur­ing a job with­in the indus­try, I knew I need­ed a decent learn­ing envi­ron­ment to progress faster. 

Kristo­pher — Com­put­ing HND — 

​Kristopher Pearman, 31, wanted to make his hobby of computer programming his full-time career, so he quit his job at Tesco and made the decision to return to education to retrain to get the skills, experience and qualifications he needed to make his ambition a reality.

He enrolled on the one-year Lev­el 4 Com­put­ing High­er Nation­al Cer­tifi­cate (HNC) and pro­gressed to the Lev­el 5 High­er Nation­al Diplo­ma (HND), which he grad­u­at­ed from in 2021. Since then, Kris has secured a job as a Soft­ware Devel­op­er for busi­ness tech­nol­o­gy con­sul­tan­cy, BJSS.

A lot of jobs I’d seen pri­or to my train­ing at Col­lege would ask for a HNC or HND as a min­i­mum require­ment, so to give me the best pos­si­ble chance of secur­ing a job with­in the indus­try, I knew I need­ed a decent learn­ing envi­ron­ment to progress faster.

Orig­i­nal­ly, I was quite anx­ious about com­mit­ting to a two-year qual­i­fi­ca­tion, but after get­ting halfway through the first year I was very con­fi­dent that it was the right choice, and so I signed on for the sec­ond year to give me more expe­ri­ence in the field.” 

Benefits of studying at College

You get loads of one-to-one sup­port with your tutor and there’s more of a feel­ing of we’re all in a group togeth­er’, as opposed to learn­ing indi­vid­u­al­ly, which I’ve been told is how it can feel at university.

It’s also local to me which has helped mas­sive­ly for me per­son­al­ly. It feels like it’s more enjoy­able than being at a large uni­ver­si­ty, where real­is­ti­cal­ly you only ever need to see a tiny part of it.”

What do you enjoy about the course?

I real­ly like the prac­ti­cal side of things and there are a good few of them. We did small amounts in dif­fer­ent pro­gram­ming lan­guages, which from what I under­stand, is con­sid­ered to be impor­tant in the indus­try, and we also cov­ered a wide vari­ety of dif­fer­ent areas which kept things inter­est­ing and relevant.

I would rec­om­mend the Col­lege for this course, my tutor Ken was bril­liant and very friend­ly. There’s good resources and it’s got nice links to the trams and busses.” 

Kristopher Pearman
Kris working on his computer

What interests you about this field of work?

For pro­gram­ming in gen­er­al, I enjoy the aspect of cre­at­ing things and prob­lem solv­ing. It’s very enjoy­able when you final­ly work out how to solve a prob­lem in mak­ing some­thing work and know­ing you’re unlike­ly to make sim­i­lar mis­takes in the future.”

How did the course prepare you for industry?

Some of my first expe­ri­ences with C# pro­gram­ming was what even­tu­al­ly helped me to get through the inter­view phas­es for my new job. Hav­ing a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the dif­fer­ent sides of Com­put­er Sci­ence also helped give me addi­tion­al talk­ing points, and hav­ing a bril­liant Tutor to talk to about these things helped encour­age me to try hard­er and get bet­ter at solv­ing the sorts of prob­lems I need­ed to get my foot in the door.

The course gave me expe­ri­ence with dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies which then went on my CV, so I’d say it was invalu­able to help me secure the job!”

Choos­ing a com­put­ing or office tech­nolo­gies course can open the door into hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent jobs in a range of career areas world­wide, such as: pro­gram­ming, net­work admin­is­tra­tion, web­site devel­op­ment or busi­ness administration.