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 is currently studying at the College’s new City Hub. He said:
“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 and 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’ve done small amounts in different programming languages, which from what I understand, is considered to be important in the industry, and we also cover a wide variety of different things so it keeps things interesting and relevant.
“I would recommend the College for this course, my tutor Ken is brilliant and very friendly. There’s good resources and it’s got nice links to the trams and busses.”
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.
“When it comes to the industry, I’m open to all opportunities, but for me personally, I prefer the more visual side of the job where there’s a clear difference in what you’re programming; front-end things such as web design or user experience design, as opposed to back-end stuff which is databases and the like. Obviously I’ll be happy with either though, when I start looking!”
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.