Change your career at Ayrshire College

November 23, 2021 - Jane Moore

Ayrshire College ICT Technician, David Gibson did just that.

David started his career as a Nursing Auxiliary for several years, before deciding to return to education to study HNC Computing (Tech Support). The flexible nature of the course meant that he could continue to work while studying, so he worked part time as a baker in a supermarket too. He hasn’t looked back since.

He continued his studies moving on to the HND level course before going to study a Cyber Security and Networking degree at university.

An internship opportunity came up at East Ayrshire Council, so from university, David went straight to the internship, gaining valuable experience. It was during the internship that he got the chance to apply to work at Ayrshire College.

David is now an ICT Technician at the College. He said “I started in January 2020 and it’s my first IT job. It’s really busy, I’m really enjoying it. No two days are the same here.”

About his time studying at Ayrshire College, David said “the courses at college helped me enormously. When I went to university, it meant that I could go straight to third year as I’d completed the HND at college.

“An added advantage of studying at Ayrshire College meant I was already further ahead in the university course compared to others on the course. This is to do with the fact that the level of knowledge I gained at Ayrshire College was really advanced. The fundamentals of networking I knew off by heart and inside out.

“When I left university, I had ambitions to start working in the first level service desk as an entry point, and it turns out, that’s the first job I got at the college. I was promoted in the summer to ICT Technician, which means I’m now involved with networking, cyber security etc.

“The foothold you get through the college course is brilliant. I would definitely recommend the course. As far as I know, fellow students that finished the college course are all now working in IT and working in the industry. It’s a specialised course, but there are plenty of jobs out there. It opens so many doors. It gives you the fundamental information and experience you need to work in this industry, and without that knowledge, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

“There’s so much to learn in this role, I’m constantly learning on the job. I’m happy focusing on that and continuing to learn as I go. It’s phenomenal.”

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