Lona Muchene – Level 3 Cambridge Tech Foundation Diploma in IT – Application Development (Software)

Why did you pick the IT course?

I picked the course because I went to university for an engineering course I didn’t enjoy and I tried to break into the industry but had no luck. Then the pandemic happened and the industry (Aircraft engineering) was grounded. I decided I needed to get into a career that would be around for a while and IT was one of the options I had listed. I picked IT specifically because I enjoy working with technology and the roles in IT are endless.

What attracted you to Darlington College?

I was attracted to Darlington College because it was relatively close by and was rated highly on student success rates.

What are your career aspirations?

My career aspirations are to eventually end up working in Cyber Security as a security consultant or alternatively working in Digital Forensics as an investigator. I am open to other opportunities that may come my way, so I could end up in a completely different field than I imagined.

What is the next step for you?

I have now secured a role in 1st Line support with the company Homegroup. I’ll be working towards gaining more experience and skills. This will allow me to better understand what I enjoy and interested in pursuing.

How will this course prepare you for working life?

The course has been very useful for preparing me for working life. I have gained a better understanding of the fundamentals of IT, how computer components work together, how the industry is evolving and various jobs available. I have also gained soft skills such as communication, teamwork, time management etc. which are also very important for work.

What did you really like?

I liked how well the course was structured making it easy to follow and keep up with. I liked that if I needed assistance, help was always at hand from the tutors and the college. I also liked that the knowledge gained gave me the confidence to secure a job in the IT industry.

What is the name of your new employer?

I am currently employed by Homegroup. They are a non-profit housing association based in Newcastle but deal with customers all over the UK.

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