Paul Wilson gained his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT at Leicester College. His college qualification led to his acceptance on the Computer Science degree programme at the University of Leicester, from which he will graduate in 2018.
“I definitely feel that my time at Leicester College helped me get to where I am today,” Paul said to our Alumni Team. “I learned so much in such a short space of time at Leicester College. I really felt my knowledge of IT grew more than it has at any other time in my life.
“I studied a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA A+ all at the same time during the two years I was at Leicester College,” he said. “It was a lot of work, but it all paid off.
“I would also say there were a few stand out lecturers who taught modules on my course. Their knowledge and guidance really helped me to become the professional I am today.
“Most of the skills I gained at Leicester College have been useful during my time at university. I would say that the main skills I gained were confidence and a passion for learning.”
Paul also told us about his time at university and the highlights and challenges that have come with it.
“I really feel I have grown as a person during my time at university,” he said. “I threw myself into as many things as I could.
“I have won several awards and am the President for a society called MASS at university at this minute in time. I would also say that the people I have met during my time at university have made the experience very positive. I have had so much support from my friends to achieve the things I set out to do. I have met people from all over the world and learnt so much outside of my Computer Science course, whilst studying my degree.
“I think managing my workload has been my main challenge at university,” said Paul. “I have put myself under a lot of pressure with everything else I have done at university outside of my Computer Science degree. However, I definitely wouldn’t have changed that.”
Paul has been working extremely hard alongside his studies for two separate IT companies.
“I worked as an IT Support Engineer for a company called Aurora Technologies Ltd, and as a Technical Support Analyst for a Web Hosting company called Catalyst2 Services Ltd. I have also set up my own company called Insane Tech Ltd.
“I would now like to move onto a new company. I have my eyes on IBM as they now have offices in Leicester. I think working at one of the biggest tech companies in the world would be a huge achievement and a great way to get my career moving further forward.
“I also plan to continue with my work at Insane Tech Ltd. I have been working on freelance projects, and my next move is to set up a couple of eCommerce websites.”
Paul also told us more about his plans for the future.
“In 5 years’ time I would like to have many more certifications than I have now. Within my field you constantly have to learn as the industry moves so quickly. I want to be the most qualified professional I realistically can be.
“I also want my company Insane Tech Ltd to be bringing in a decent amount of money. I want the sense of achievement and pride in my work, and feel working on my own projects is a great way to do this.
“I want to be in a good job, at a good company, within my field. I want a successful career to make the very best out of myself.”