Jack Nyland - IT
Jack enrolled at Carshalton College in 2014 and is currently in his final year on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT & Systems Support. Jack talks about his time at the College and studying IT
“When I was choosing my options in high school, the sound of A-Levels didn't really appeal to me. I didn't think I was going to get the grades, and I knew IT was the industry I wanted to go into.
The closest college to me was Carshalton College, so I decided to go to one of the open events and look around. I had a chat with one of the IT teachers and looked at my course options. I really liked what the college had to offer, so I put it down as my first choice after finishing my GCSE's.
My favourite part of the course is the work experience I do with the IT Support Department. The department are friendly and Oliver Garshong, the head of the support department, is very keen to give students, like me, the chance to progress and learn what IT Support is like in a real working environment, instead of sitting behind a computer just doing the coursework and theory side of the subject.
This is an opportunity I've cherished, and I am grateful for the support the department has given me to improve my practical skills. The kind of things we do during the work experience are learning about Active Directory; adding user accounts; adding computers into the domain/ removing them from the domain, installing device drivers, responding to calls in the call log, asset management of devices around the college, and much more!
The coursework on the diploma has been extremely helpful in allowing me to learn aspects such as website building skills and Coding; a very important thing to learn for a career in IT. In the first year we completed piece of coursework on Website Production. There were two assignments to this unit. Assignment one was mainly theory about website production, and assignment two was putting what we learned in assignment one to practice. On this unit, we learned HTML and CSS coding to help build our website in assignment two. I achieved a distinction grade and found the unit fascinating.
While at College I applied to join the student union and from being a member of the union I also became a Student Ambassador. These roles have really helped me gain confidence to speak to the general public and has been something I have added to my personal statement when applying for University, because they look for what you do outside of your studies as well, and it is something to put on my CV.
In September 2017, I have been offered an unconditional offer to study an undergraduate degree in Computer Networks at Bournemouth University. If anyone is interested in studying IT I would say go for it! If you are a person like me who knew they wanted to study IT and pursue a career in it, then go for it! Work hard, and it will eventually all pay off.”