Graduate Insight: Interview with Elliott Hulburd, CRM Consultant
Elliott joined Pythagoras two years ago as a Graduate CRM Consultant.
What did you study at University and where?
I studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Reading.
Following graduation, how did you begin searching for work and did you know what you wanted to do?
I signed up for all sorts of grad job websites and posted my CV all over the web, but the advert for the job at Pythagoras came from the Careers advice team at my University. To be honest I still wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do at the time.
Why did you apply for a role at Pythagoras?
At the time I didn’t really know much about Microsoft Dynamics or Office 365, but the job description stated they were looking for some of the skills I had learnt during my degree, such as SQL, and would provide training and support for the Microsoft technologies. I did some research into the industry and Pythagoras and found that it was a fast growing area, and that Pythagoras were growing alongside it, and realised this was something I could definitely start a career in.
What was the interview process like?
I sent my CV in to Pythagoras, and quickly received a response inviting me to an assessment day, which would involve making a short presentation about a project I was proud of. I chose to present on my final year project from University. There was also a short logic test, and a face to face interview. I was lucky enough to be given a job the same day!
Describe your first year at Pythagoras (and the journey since)
The position started out with some training on Dynamics CRM and Sharepoint, and after that I was quickly put on a project to start working. I got to work closely with an experienced mentor who was very helpful and taught me a lot. Within the first few weeks I was visiting a client in Manchester and helping with requirement gathering workshops, which I was then able to see materialise into a full Dynamics CRM system. Since then I have worked on several different projects, and am currently running one by myself.
How has Pythagoras supported your personal development?
Pythagoras have been very supportive with my development, by sending me on training courses, providing help internally, and also allowing me to choose the skills I develop by assigning me to projects where they are needed. They have also supported me by allowing revision time for exams, and I have already completed 6 Microsoft Certified qualifications.
What would your advice be to other graduates thinking about a career in technology?
There is a very wide variety of different technologies out there, so finding one as fast growing as Dynamics CRM, with a company that will allow you to grow such as Pythagoras, will give you a great head start in learning highly sought after skills, and a technology career.
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