“The facilities are fantastic, everything they promised they would be. They had the technology I needed and the opportunities I wanted, and it was all on a campus that was close to my home in Oldham – but not too close. It all definitely lived up to my expectations.”
Making the switch from drama to IT is a pretty unusual occurrence, but it’s one that has worked brilliantly for Edge Hill University graduate Aaron Mulholland.
He was studying for an acting diploma at college when he decided to pursue his even greater love of technology and started the BSc (Hons) Computing (Application Development) degree at Edge Hill.
“My mind was made up from the open day,” says Aaron. “The facilities are fantastic, everything they promised they would be. They had the technology I needed and the opportunities I wanted, and it was all on a campus that was close to my home in Oldham – but not too close. It all definitely lived up to my expectations.”
Since graduating in 2014, Aaron has been working for NETbuilder, an international IT consultancy firm, and is already working his way up the career ladder. The company focuses on software and services for clients ranging from governments to financial and commercial organisations. Aaron started on their Academy training track, yet is already finding himself working as one of their trainers.
“NETbuilder specialise in new technologies, focusing on in depth projects based on these platforms. Because so many people are looking for developers in these technologies and there aren’t any, I’m definitely in the right place at the right time!
“I had considered a PGCE course and now I’m a trainer in this industry and now I’ve definitely got the best of both worlds.”
Following the success of the Academy in the UK, NETbuilder is now looking to expand to international markets, initially in the United States, and Aaron is hopeful that he will be part of those global plans. The Academy has already recruited 10 graduates from the USA and brought them into the Academy.
Aaron was invited along to the NETbuilder Summit Conference which took place in Palma, Majorca, where CEO Tony Lysak unveiled plans for a new Academy Office in Media City, Manchester.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges as the academy expands,” he says. “It’s going to be fantastic.”
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