University of West London, BMus Music Performance
My route into working at Dorset Software was slightly unusual in the fact that I wasn’t a graduate that had recently finished a degree course. I had studied music at university and spent the last 13 years of my career as a musician in The Royal Marines Band Service. I had decided on a career change and wanted to move into the technology industry as this had always been an interest of mine. I had been learning some programming skills in my spare time and was also studying towards a BSc in Digital Technology, Design and Innovation. I was looking to move into Project Management as I had some qualifications in this area. I saw an advert for a Graduate Project Manager position at Dorset Software and did some research into the company. It looked like an interesting place to work so I decided to give them a call and see if someone in my position would be considered for the role. I was asked to send in my CV and a couple of days later I received a call inviting me to interview.
The interview day was very informative and friendly, giving a great overview of the company and explanation of the roles within it. I was impressed with the time taken by the company to engage with potential employees. I was successful at interview and joined a month later as a Graduate Project Manager.
Once started I was straight into the training which began with learning some of the tools and methodologies used in Project Management, culminating in taking the exam for the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, which is industry recognised. The rest of my training was quite hands on working alongside another Project Manager acting as a mentor and working on some of the current projects. This was all great experience preparing me for when I would manage my first project. What’s great about the training at Dorset Software is that you are always supported by colleagues and mentors, offering their expertise and advice whenever needed.
I have been at Dorset Software just under a year now and have managed a variety of projects from complete new system builds to smaller website upgrades. It’s challenging at times but enjoyable and rewarding when everyone pulls together to produce a successful project.
My advice to anyone looking at applying to Dorset Software would be go for it! If you want access to top level training and want to be part of a friendly and supportive company, then there should be nothing holding you back.
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