Mark

Network & Infrastructure Engineer

"Dorset Software is a very friendly company with plenty of opportunities to help you progress in your chosen stream."

University of Derby, BSc (Hons) Computer Networks & Security

I always had the idea of a career in IT post-university from an early age. During my time at college I was focused on a career in networking but when I did a placement year with a publishing company in Bristol, I actually found I preferred the infrastructure side of things. With this altered direction in mind I looked for jobs that would teach me more and give me practical experience.

I saw Dorset Software’s graduate recruitment scheme on the Prospects website whilst investigating post university careers. It ticked all the boxes since it specifically focused on infrastructure and seemed a friendly place to work. It also looked widely varied and had a strong training programme. I applied shortly afterwards and attended a competency-based interview day, starting fairly soon after finishing university.

Dorset Software’s graduate training programme ensured that I had a strong understanding of what I would be likely to encounter later on. Part of this was working in a lab-based training environment where I had to complete various tasks with help from suggested reading and support from my mentor. This helped me get a thorough grounding on the topic and some very useful, practical experience, covering things like creating clusters, an ISCSI file server, and an active directory environment (don’t worry if you don’t know what any of those are yet!). I also got the chance to do some programming and testing modules, increasing my knowledge of other areas to accompany the training in my specific job stream.

Towards the end of my training I became involved in projects involving large pieces of infrastructure at Dorset Software. These varied from our computing management system to our code control system. This balances out with my day-to-day work of working on support cases raised, which started partway through my training, along with creating documentation for infrastructure systems. As no projects or cases are the same I am always developing new skills which build on what I’ve learnt through my training.

I’ve personally found that Dorset Software is a very friendly and supportive company with plenty of opportunities and guidance to help you progress in your chosen stream.

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