Employer: Bridge Partners Ltd
Job Title: IT Project Engineer
University: Anglia Ruskin University
Programme Title: BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions
Start date: Sept 2017
Recommendation by Andrew Moore, Lecturer Practitioner, ARU
Kieran is a future leader in the industry. He has grown during his time on the course and has developed extensive knowledge in all areas of the BSc Digital and Technology apprenticeship. His work standards are very high, he is keen to push himself and displays a refreshing curiosity for the intricacies of the latest technologies. He is able to adjust to situational changes with the greatest of ease. Kieran always seems to be smiling, be it in person, before the pandemic or during a Teams session. He is known for helping classmates start to finish and was a natural team leader in his group modules. Kieran works for Bridge partners, where he is doing fantastically well. His employer often talks about how well he is doing and growing in his role at the company. This is reflected in his studies and work ethic at ARU. Overall, Kieran has done outstandingly well academically, as a team player and as an employee, even more so, through the pandemic. I am delighted to nominate him for the Degree Apprentice Certificate of Merit.
In conversation with Kieran
Please describe your current role.
I currently work as an IT Project Engineer. This involves working with internal teams and external clients to research, plan, test, and implement new systems and technologies.
What do you do on a typical day at work?
A typical day at work involves lots of research, problem-solving, and planning to ensure that I can move my projects forward. Documentation and communication are also key so that all of my stakeholders know the status of a project at any given time.
What has been the best experience of your Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeship?
Having the opportunity to work with so many enthusiastic lecturers and fellow apprentices has been the highlight for me. These are the people that really light up when they talk about their chosen fields – their passion is really what brings the knowledge and skills together to make a lasting impact.
What has been the most challenging experience of your Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeship?
Working to tight Uni deadlines whilst also juggling work responsibilities has been tricky – more so now as I am approaching the end of the course and expectations are higher than ever. Both ARU and Bridge Partners have been great at supporting this.
What has your employer done to help with your degree apprenticeship that you particularly appreciate?
My workplace has provided me with flexibility regarding my Off-the-job hours so that I can take the time to focus on my studies when I have needed it most. Having a workplace mentor has also been great for exploring ideas and providing access to other parts of the business when my new skills and knowledge can be implemented. There’s something really satisfying about taking tools that I have honed in academia and putting them to work in the industry.
What has your university done to help you with your degree apprenticeship that you particularly appreciate?
Taking time to answer questions and request feedback from myself and the other members of my cohort. When things haven’t gone right (as invariably happens with a new course), they have arranged feedback sessions for us to communicate at appropriate levels.
What advice would you give someone considering a Tech Industry Gold degree apprenticeship?
Make sure you have the full backing from your employer before you start – you may not *need* the whole one day per week when you first start but you certainly will by your 3rd and 4th year! Take your time and plan your study, the clearer you can visualise your goals, the easier it will be to achieve them.
What are your career plans?
I have taken the Cybersecurity stream of the BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship. We consider security in everything we do at Bridge Partners, so it is great to be able to put these skills to use immediately. Longer-term my plans are to move from Projects into more of an exclusively Cybersecurity-focussed role.
Anything else to add?
Thanks to Marc Rothera and Suparna Ghose from the [email protected] team for putting up with my questions and always managing to find me answers. Also a big shout out to Andrew Moore and Adrian Winckles at ARU for their hard work as both Module and Course Leaders over the last 4 years. You are all appreciated by the student body even when you’re not always standing front and centre in the foreground!