William M - IT Consultant

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William Mcleod

00:00:02 I’m William M I am an IT Consultant for NVT group in Belshill.

00:00:09 It involves an number of things, day to day support and, and certain technologies but we can also be architects for, for new designs for IT, installation, so we can take a project right from the, the planning stage through to implementation.

00:00:27 It can be very, very varied, I could come in on a Monday, to the office and be dealing with customers over the phone, and then on Tuesday I could be in a lawyer’s office setting up new servers and new systems for them, and the Wednesday I could be in a, a production place like a butchers or, a fish food factory so it’s, it’s an extremely varied day. And I don’t think you could, I don’t think you could describe it as a, having an average day in, in NVT because it is so varied.

00:00:59 I came straight from university to here, know the, the owners of the company, so I suppose that, that did make it easier but I’ve always had an interest in IT, it’s always been a, a kind of hobby all the way through uni, at high school it was always a, a major hobby I had an interest.

00:01:18 I wouldn’t have said, through high school life that I was going to end up in a career in IT and, I probably didn’t put much thought into it at all. So all the way through school I really didn’t have an idea of where I would end up whether I’d go to college or uni and then, then onto whatever job I’ve got no, I wouldn’t have said that I saw myself as an IT guy.

00:01:44 I probably did what most people do is, is do what you, you enjoy to do at school, so the sciency subjects, math, maths was another one of my favourite subjects so, I think just what, what most people do is, is do what they enjoy, and that’s, that’s how I chose the, the subjects I did at school anyway.

00:02:01 The social side of it at school was easy going and maybe you don’t realise that until you’re, you’re out in the working world. But I’d say I did enjoy school especially the sciency subjects.

00:02:13 Well I went to Strathclyde university I did physics there, physics was probably my favourite subject at school which again that’s why, why I chose physics at, at university. It was a, a subject that, that, that I love a subject that I really enjoyed doing it at uni but I always found myself doing the computing side of it, so, end project was computational physics.

00:02:41 I went to Hunterston power station a nuclear power station in the west of Scotland for thirteen weeks on a placement, from then again that was sort of very computer based and working with databases and, analysis on, on computers so.

00:02:56 It’s, computers has always been something that was always there, and anything that I did, and I suppose it’d be hard to get away from computing nowadays it’s a subject that changes on a, a kind of month to month, year to year basis. And probably when I started about four years ago the job that I do now has totally changed, and that the technologies have, have moved on so far. There’s not a lot of months go by that we don’t have exams or studying for the, the new level of qualification that comes out.

00:03:31 It’s probably something that, that, that keeps my interest in the job. I think if, if it didn’t change and there wasn’t as much to learn, it wouldn’t be a, a job that I enjoy doing, I a job that I enjoy coming to.

00:03:44 I would say that, that I’ve, I’ve done OK from just doing what, what I like to do and what interested me. I don’t think you can go wrong with that. At the end of the day if, if you end up in a job that, that you don’t like because you’ve, you’ve come to it for monetary reasons or whatever else then, then you might not be happy but if it’s, if it’s something you are interested in, something that you can take from a hobby to, to making a living out of, then, I’d say you’d be quite happy.

00:04:14 END

William M

William Mcleod I’m William M I am an IT Consultant for NVT group in Belshill. It involves an number of things, day to day support and, and certain technologies but we can also be architects for, for new designs for IT, installation, so we can take a project right from the, the planning stage through to implementation. It can be very, very varied, I could come in on a Monday, to the office and be dealing with customers over the phone, and then on Tuesday I could be in a lawyer’s office setting up new servers and new systems for them, and the Wednesday I could be in a, a production place like a butchers or, a fish food factory so it’s, it’s an extremely varied day. And I don’t think you could, I don’t think you could describe it as a, having an average day in, in NVT because it is so varied. I came straight from university to here, know the, the owners of the company, so I suppose that, that did make it easier but I’ve always had an interest in IT, it’s always been a, a kind of hobby all the way through uni, at high school it was always a, a major hobby I had an interest. I wouldn’t have said, through high school life that I was going to end up in a career in IT and, I probably didn’t put much thought into it at all. So all the way through school I really didn’t have an idea of where I would end up whether I’d go to college or uni and then, then onto whatever job I’ve got no, I wouldn’t have said that I saw myself as an IT guy. I probably did what most people do is, is do what you, you enjoy to do at school, so the sciency subjects, math, maths was another one of my favourite subjects so, I think just what, what most people do is, is do what they enjoy, and that’s, that’s how I chose the, the subjects I did at school anyway. The social side of it at school was easy going and maybe you don’t realise that until you’re, you’re out in the working world. But I’d say I did enjoy school especially the sciency subjects. Well I went to Strathclyde university I did physics there, physics was probably my favourite subject at school which again that’s why, why I chose physics at, at university. It was a, a subject that, that, that I love a subject that I really enjoyed doing it at uni but I always found myself doing the computing side of it, so, end project was computational physics. I went to Hunterston power station a nuclear power station in the west of Scotland for thirteen weeks on a placement, from then again that was sort of very computer based and working with databases and, analysis on, on computers so. It’s, computers has always been something that was always there, and anything that I did, and I suppose it’d be hard to get away from computing nowadays it’s a subject that changes on a, a kind of month to month, year to year basis. And probably when I started about four years ago the job that I do now has totally changed, and that the technologies have, have moved on so far. There’s not a lot of months go by that we don’t have exams or studying for the, the new level of qualification that comes out. It’s probably something that, that, that keeps my interest in the job. I think if, if it didn’t change and there wasn’t as much to learn, it wouldn’t be a, a job that I enjoy doing, I a job that I enjoy coming to. I would say that, that I’ve, I’ve done OK from just doing what, what I like to do and what interested me. I don’t think you can go wrong with that. At the end of the day if, if you end up in a job that, that you don’t like because you’ve, you’ve come to it for monetary reasons or whatever else then, then you might not be happy but if it’s, if it’s something you are interested in, something that you can take from a hobby to, to making a living out of, then, I’d say you’d be quite happy. END

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Age at filming: 26-35, Employer's name: NVT Group Ltd
William M is an IT Consultant for NVT Group. He has a degree in physics, but IT was always his hobby through high school and university. He's very pleased that in the end he's been able to make a good living out of his hobby.

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Average Salary
£67,600
Average Weekly Hours
41
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Description

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the work and resources necessary to provide and operate information technology and telecommunications services within an organisation.

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There are no pre-set entry requirements although candidates usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification together with substantial, relevant work experience. A variety of professional and postgraduate qualifications is available.

Tasks
  • Develops in consultation with other senior management the IT/telecommunications strategy of the organisation
  • Directs the implementation within the organisation of IT/telecommunications strategy, infrastructure, procurement, procedures and standards
  • Develops the periodic business plan and operational budget for IT/telecommunications to deliver agreed service levels
  • Considers the required IT/telecommunications staffing levels, oversees recruitment and appointment of staff and directs training policy
  • Prioritises and schedules major IT/telecommunications projects
  • Ensures that new technologies are researched and evaluated in the light of the organisation’s broad requirements.
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