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Kieran

Apprenticeship:

Infrastructure Technology

Joined Atos:

2013

My Apprentice job summed up

I joined as an apprentice in a very technical environment, which required me to always perform to the best of my ability. I worked on high-profile projects, configuring software and applications to the excellent standards our clients expect. I was responsible for testing, configuring and quality assuring applications so that they can be deployed to clients securely.

Beginning my journey at such prestigious and distinguished company within the world of IT was a fantastic opportunity for someone with a desire and passion for everything technology based, like me.

What impact do you feel you had during your apprenticeship?

I joined the apprenticeship intending to push my abilities to the limit at all times. My leadership skills played a big role in this, and I was appointed team leader on the majority of my projects. I always tried to personally make an impact within the company – and it’s great to know that’s was recognised – In my six-month performance review, I received a five-out-of-five rating.

The company invested time and effort into me and in return, after just 6 months they gained a passionate, responsible and technically capable worker who wanted to give back to the company. I’ve risen to the challenge, and surpassed expectations on everything put in front of me, from day to day work to extra-curricular tasks. I act as a role model to the other apprentices and motivate them to be the best they can.

What did you learn during your apprenticeship?

The key skill I developed in my time on the apprenticeship is teamwork. In my previous jobs, there wasn’t any focus on being a team, but here, everyone prides themselves on being a well-motivated unit. I found myself sitting and helping others with their technical problems and motivating others to do their best and produce the best quality work.

I’m proud to have personally achieved a great level of technical understanding in such a short period of time to a point that has allowed me to lead the technical projects within the team. This has really motivated me to progress in the future, so that I can one day manage my own well-motivated and hardworking team.

What are you doing now?

Since starting at Atos, our team took over the role of application deployments and systems integration testing. This gave me the great opportunity to learn a new set of skills.

Initially after the acquisition of the new roles, I began taking over Systems Integration Testing with a colleague. This allowed me to get a new perspective of the product and service we were providing to the customer as I was testing the product our team would have previously considered completed. After performing testing for 6 months, I was required to take over application deployments for our 2nd largest client.

I currently manage deployments over 3 customers totalling 20,000 machines over 3 estates. The largest being 14,000 users. Due to each account using different technologies for their deployments and application management, it has allowed for me to develop my skills around the new toolsets and ultimately increase my knowledge and experience within my field.

I have been able to continually challenge myself and improve my technical skills due to the challenges of adapting and learning new roles coupled with the consistent flow of projects.

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