“I got so much from Edge Hill – it wasn’t just the degree, it was also being the President and the life skills and career aspirations that I picked up along the way. All this meant I could push myself in my role at IBM. I’m certain that without these skills, knowledge and experience, I wouldn’t doing what I’m doing now.”
Former Students’ Union president Nic Bouchard has the sort of job most ‘techies’ dream about. As a technology consultant at industry giant IBM, he gets to test out new mobile devices before they hit the shops.
“My job involves working with new smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices to establish how the capability can be developed before the products are launched in the marketplace,” explained Nic, who became SU president in 2008 and was re-elected in 2009.
“It’s a really fascinating role and IBM is a great company to work for with fantastic career opportunities.”
Jersey-born Nic, who now lives in Horwich near Bolton, worked at Edge Hill after graduating and applied for IBM’s graduate scheme after speaking to the University’s careers advisers.
“I was accepted by IBM and started the two year scheme in 2012, which resulted in me progressing to my present job in February this year,” said Nic.
He is convinced his experiences at Edge Hill provided a powerful springboard to realise his ambition to work for a blue chip technology business.
“I got so much from Edge Hill – it wasn’t just the degree, it was also being the President and the life skills and career aspirations that I picked up along the way. All this meant I could push myself in my role at IBM,” said Nic. “I’m certain that without these skills, knowledge and experience, I wouldn’t doing what I’m doing now.”
Despite the demands of his career, Nic returns home to Jersey every few months and is still actively involved in the island’s annual Battle of Flowers floral carnival, which dates back to 1902.
“It’s a major highlight in Jersey’s summer calendar and I still take part in the event as well as going over every few months to help build my family’s float,” explained Nic.
Nic hasn’t had enough spare time recently to enjoy his other great passion – artistic rollerskating. However, the former Junior British Champion insists he isn’t going to hang up his skates any time soon.
“Rollerskating has taken a back seat because of various career and other commitments, but I fully intend to get back into it because it’s a sport I love,” said Nic. “Also, I still play regularly for Ormskirk Hockey Club, which I helped set up while I was at University. We’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this year, which is a great achievement.”
So what does the future hold for Nic?
“I’m aiming to progress in my career at IBM and develop my skills in service management and people management, as I’m definitely a person who likes to be involved with others,” added Nic.
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