Gallery speaks to recent graduates about their move to the working world, what motivates them and what advice they’d give to those who are new to Jersey’s top companies.
JUNIOR DEVELOPER AT COREFOCUS
Uni attended: University of Portsmouth
Course undertaken: BSc (Hons) Computer Science
What did you want to be when you were 8? A Power Ranger
Favourite way to relax?
Gaming and spending time with my wife
Favourite place to eat in Jersey? Do Porto
What’s your favourite possession? My computer
What made you choose the company you work for?
Having completed a summer internship with Corefocus between my 2nd and 3rd year at university, I really enjoyed the team atmosphere, the technologies the company used and the variation of work I was doing. After finishing my final year, I wanted to continue working at Corefocus, using and refining the skills I’d learnt during my degree. I also knew there would be many opportunities to work on different types of projects with a vast range of clients.
What sort of professional training do you take?
I have recently completed Microsoft exams on Dynamics CRM, SQL Server and ClickDimensions. I am currently studying for another SQL Server exam which will qualify me as a Microsoft Certified Associate(MCSA) in Database Development. In the future I hope to complete a third exam to gain a MCSE in Data Management and Analytics. I self-study for my exams using online material and courses with assistance from my colleagues for any questions. This allows me to train at my own pace.
What do you do on an average day?
On an average day I will assist clients with any support queries they have and get involved in the development of ongoing projects. This includes researching, coding, designing and documentation. We are constantly learning about new technologies and software so that we can take advantage of it and share this knowledge with our clients in a fast-paced industry.
What is your next step?
I hope to continue to expand my knowledge and skill set so I am able to contribute to more phases of a project and take more of a leading role. I would also like to gain more qualifications and enhance other skills such as public speaking, which would enable me to participate in some of the events we run.
What advice would you give yourself as a graduate considering the experience you have now?
Do not be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. You might end up finding something you really enjoy and are passionate about, which is one of the most important things when considering a career. When you are passionate about the work you are doing it will reflect in the quality of work you produce.
MORE ABOUT COREFOCUS
Corefocus specialises in the supply, implementation and support of accounting, administration, CRM and IT infrastructure for companies from 10 to 1,000 employees. Our consulting team represents some of the most highly regarded application specialists in the Channel Islands. We have deep experience in many industries ranging from government, banking, financial services, distribution, e-commerce and charity underpinned by the Microsoft Dynamics Product stack and SQL Server. Our unique approach delivers consistent successful deployments of Microsoft products and bespoke solutions. Our team is located in Jersey services clients all over the world classes as a true global small business.
For more information visit www.corefocus.co.uk
Contact Matthew van Sanden
Anley House, Anley Street, St Helier,
Jersey, JE2 3QE