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Glynn Holland

Where are you doing now?

Working in a team of three as a System Administrator in a firm of solicitors I solve technical issues on the network when users cannot progress with their work or when printers or faxes fail.  I also programme automated workflows on the software we use, namely Proclaim.  I produce reports on Proclaim and also use Microsoft Access with VBA to solve certain reporting issues.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

Without studying a degree in Computer Science I would have struggled to understand the logical side of my job.  Areas such as programming, reporting and how data flows through the system would not have been understood so easily without the skills I picked up at Northumbria.

What was the best thing about your course?

Assignments which involved programming.  I enjoyed the challenge in finding a solution to the criteria.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

William Henderson covered areas of programming that I enjoyed and he taught in a way which was concise, clear and very understandable.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

The tools I picked up in programming modules are invaluable to my job.  Also, the skills I learnt from Oracle/SQL modules have proved to help the reporting element.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

After all of the hard work, I enjoyed receiving that certificate at the end of the course.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

When you get an assignment do not leave it until the last minute.  Just do it, get it out of the way as it will free up time for when you receive other assignments.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Enjoyable, Rewarding and Necessary!

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