Rory KiernanJune 1, 2015
Rory Kiernan completed his Microsoft IT apprenticeship programme with Axess Systems last year and has recently been shortlisted for the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year Award! We got in touch with him to talk about his experience as an apprentice and what it feels like to be nominated for such a fantastic award.
When did you complete you apprenticeship?
I began my IT Sales Apprenticeship in August 2013 and completed it in August 2014.
Why did you chose to do an apprenticeship?
I have never been what you would call “academic” having left post 16 education. My real passion lay in business, particularly sales and marketing which is something that has run in my family. Because of the benefits that apprenticeships provide in allowing me to both study for an NVQ as well as gain vital work experience, an apprenticeship seemed like the best possible foundation on which to build my career.
Did you consider going to college/university? If yes, why did you change your mind?
I did not consider going to university. Although the student lifestyle is very appealing, I knew that it was not the best route for me.
Why did you choose to work in the IT industry?
It is an ever changing landscape and I am privileged to have grown up in an era where technology is at the forefront of everything we do. Because of this I have always had an interest in IT and over the years have gained a lot of knowledge and skill within this area. I love a challenge and IT sales is certainly that due to the different scenarios each customer faces. Whether it be using IT to address a particular business challenge and move the organisiton forward, or something as simple as providing users with the latest tablet or smartphone, every customer is different which makes everyday different.
What is the best thing you have learnt while on the programme?
Along with the experience of the real working world and new technologies, I have learnt a lot about myself during my time as an apprentice. I have developed into a much more mature and confident person and i’m proud to be able to do things now that I never thought I would when I began. A large part of this is down to the support I have been given by both my employer and Remit Training.
What are your career ambitions?
I’m an extremely ambitious person and I am driven by the desire to succeed. In the early stages of my career it’s important to remember that I’m still learning every day, but in the short term I can certainly see myself leading a sales team and perhaps even working with a few apprentices to help them get their career off the ground and achieve what they want to achieve. Im always looking for the next opportunity or challenge and will grab it with both hands!
How has your apprenticeship had an impact on you personally?
My apprenticeship has seen me develop both professionally and personally. The transition from education into working life was a huge change ar first but I quickly adapted to it. I feel I have become more confident as time has gone by and turned into what some would call a “people person.” This has had a huge impact on my social life and allowed me to meet new people and make new friends both in and out of my apprenticeship scheme.
State three words to describe your apprenticeship
Rewarding, empowering and motivating.
How does it feel to be shortlisted for the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year Award?
It’s always a proud moment to be shortlisted for any award, but to be nominated for an industry award by my employer after working so hard feels that little bit better. I’m looking forward to the awards ceremony on June the 4th, whatever the outcome may be!