Tech Industry Gold student work shadows Fujitsu


Nineteen talented undergraduates earned the opportunity to work shadow a digital business leader at a recent event for students, universities, and employers organised by Tech Partnership Degrees.

As one of the unique benefits for students of industry-accredited Tech Industry Gold degrees, each of these students spent a day with a CEO from the IT industry or the head of technology (CIO or CTO) from leading companies across the economy.

The shadowing opportunities were awarded as spot prizes to individuals who particularly stood out for their talent and motivation at the Tech Partnership Degrees’ event held in Reading in March 2018.

Thanks to the support of DWP, Fujitsu, Jaguar Land Rover, Telefonica, Capgemini, OpenReach, Network Rail, Digital Catapult, Accenture, DXC Technology, National Grid, Quicksilva, NHS, IBM, Met Police, Mullen Lowe Group, BT, and TATA Consultancy Services for making these opportunities possible.

We caught up with Aaron Gilbert, ITMB student at the University of Chichester, who was selected to work shadow Michael Keegan, Head of Technology Product and Cyber Security Business, at Fujitsu for the EMEIA region.

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese global information and communication Technology Company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services to customers in over 100 countries.

“I was fortunate enough to win this opportunity of spending a day with Michael after attending the Tech Partnership Degrees’ South event where my team from the University of Chichester presented a project idea to transform a city in the world into a smart city, using current technologies available and future planned technology to benefit the city in many different areas. We presented our concept to a panel of industry judges, and as a result I secured a personal recommendation prize to work shadow an industry leader. The reason why I was selected was because of my performance during the presentation regarding my presentation skills and also my knowledge of the specific topic.

When I arrived in London for the day, I was extremely nervous regarding the day ahead as it was my first time meeting high profile and highly respected individuals.

Upon arrival Carla, Michael’s Executive Assistant, greeted me and showed me around the offices. She then introduced me to Michael who then explained the agenda for the day.

During the day I shadowed Michael as he checked in with various international divisions of the product business. During these many meetings with a wide variety of international divisions Michael explained everything fully to me. I noted the way in which people conducted themselves at the meetings and how these were planned out.

As well as all the formal meetings during the day, I was also able to have an informal one-to-one meeting with Michael. This was so unexpected and I am very grateful to Michael for the opportunity. During our lunch we discussed my future plans and what I had been currently studying at university and also what I was doing outside of academic life. I was able to learn so much; not just about Fujistu but also the tech industry as a whole. Michael also reassured me regarding some concerns I had about going into such a competitive industry and gave me some tips based on his many years of experience in the industry which I have found invaluable.

This personal talk I had with Michael was definitely one of the most interesting parts of my day. The fact that Michael sat with me and listened to all my queries and then answered them meant a lot and to receive some guidance for the future from such a well-respected member of the industry was something I will use in the future.

Finally, I would just like to thank the Fujitsu team especially Dave Hazard, Carla Starling and of course Michael Keegan for such an enjoyable and insightful experience.”

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