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Brandon Knight

Career Path: IP Comms 3rd Line Technical Specialist, BT
Location: London, UK

I really enjoy getting hands-on with networking hardware, and making things work (or not!). I studied IT at A Level and then completed my 4 year degree at Northumbria. I took on a work placement for 13 months, living in Belgium and working as an IT Technician at The British School of Brussels. I'm now on the BT Graduate Scheme and working towards my CCNA qualification.

What are you doing now?Brandon Knight

I'm doing a variety of different things, whether that be application support, or helping set up new POP sites around the country, every day is different and challenging and I'm loving the hands-on approach so far!

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I really liked the university, and the talk from the lecturers made the course and the university feel very welcoming. Newcastle is a very nice city with lots to do and overall I'm glad I made the choice.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a mixture of everything, lectures, seminars and team projects. Feedback was very good and it was made clear where to improve upon next time around.

How connected was your course with industry?

Very connected. There were lots of guest lectures from companies such as Nissan and BT. Lots of companies wanted Northumbria students for placement jobs, and it was a very valuable year for me.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

The whole experience was probably the best I could have asked for. Working abroad and doing the kind of role I love was a pleasure. To meet lots of different people from different backgrounds was a great experience. It helped to get where I am today without a doubt.

What was the best thing about your course?

The staff. They were great and very helpful throughout the whole degree. They were very supportive during final year studies too.

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

Relevant course, supported me through my placement, and gave great feedback and guidance on how to succeed.

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

Definitely my networking skills. I use these a lot now in my job and it really has helped me while studying for my CCNA.

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

Everything, the people I met, the course was interesting and the city was fun. What more could you ask for?

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

Go for it, you'll have a fantastic 3 or 4 years.

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

Fun, challenging, rewarding.

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