BSc (Hons) Digital Media Development (2009-2012)
Application Support Analyst, Kingfisher
I recently completed my BSc in Digital Media Development at Winchester and am just about to start my new job working as an Application Support Analyst for Kingfisher PLC, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer.
This role will involve me in support, development and analysing using coding in UNIX, SQL and in-house computer systems. Not only will attention to detail be important but I’ll have to be able to work under pressure, keeping to a service level agreement. Each month there will be new programmes to learn, some of them not industry standards, and I will have to think outside the box to solve a lot of the problems.
My Digital Media course at Winchester has definitely taught me the key skills that I think I will need to meet my job requirements. Certain elements such as being a developer as well as knowing HTML and CSS will be vital. I know that my interviewers at Kingfisher were especially impressed with work that I had taken on and completed for an external client during my time at University.
I know the hours may be long and it will be tough sometimes but I’m really looking forward to the challenges that my new job at Kingfisher will bring.
The best advice that I can give other Digital Media students would be to take another approach or adapt your methods if you get stuck during a project. Don’t hand in the minimum or give up; learning to think laterally will definitely help later. I also think as a Digital Media student your portfolio is extremely important during interview stages.
It doesn’t matter if you have a first class degree, unless you can show off your work and explain details about it.
Start applying to companies 3-5 months before you finish your final year and take any work experience and projects that you can find. This can be very difficult but rewarding in the end!
Finally in your spare time if you really want a career in digital media, play around with the tools and technologies, whatever you learn will be advantageous later on.