Riley is one of our hard working BTEC IT students, who is also currently working part time at an IT company called SoVisionIT, Riley is really enjoying his course, and his part time job is helping him get valuable work experience in aspects of cyber security, the sector he would like to go into after he completes his BTEC.
We had a chat with Riley to find out what it’s like to be an IT student at Bath College, and what he does in his part time job.
What course do you study at Bath College?
I study Information Technology BTEC Level 3
What part of your course do you enjoy the most?
The most enjoyable aspect of the course would be the Web development with Steven Harries. I enjoy coding, and Steve’s class is all about that. My future goal in IT is to become a member of a cyber security firm. HTML is a great starting point, to find an error which could lead to the development of my problem finding skills.
What have you done on your course that you think has been valuable?
I feel like the most valuable part of my course is the multi-subject part, being able to experience nearly all fields in the IT industry and being able to communicate with others who have the same interest of IT as I do.
What made you apply to Bath College?
I applied for Bath College to expand my knowledge in IT and achieve qualifications that can be shown on my CV and help me later in life.
What are you doing now/what would you like to do in the future?
I am currently working on software testing. This allows for me to gather experience finding errors and bugs within programs that will need to be always stable. This is similar to work they do in cyber security which is the IT field I would like to go in, in the future.
Can you describe a typical day on your job?
I test websites that are used to control tracking systems, web applications etc, clicking each button making sure that it does what it was programmed to do. I work with the development team, they make/fix software designed mainly for websites from clients. They finalise it, pass it on to me and I try my best to break the system. Discovering errors which then can be fixed, preventing future errors.
What piece of advice would you give to students looking at enrolling on a BTEC IT Course?
The best piece of advice I would give to students is to just go for it. IT may look difficult to some people, or that they can’t understand anything, but however this course is what eliminates those thoughts. If you’re interested in the subject and want to study more, don’t hesitate and just go for it!