With computing jobs far out-numbering college and university graduates, it’s no surprise that Sam Smart was encouraged to study computing by his teachers at Alford Academy.
Having enjoyed the subject at school, Sam, who lives in Montgarrie, decided to apply to Aberdeen College to further his qualifications.
He said: “My teachers Mr Scott and Mrs Holt were really great – they made computing interesting and influenced my decision to go to college – that and the fact that the software development course sounded really interesting.”
Travelling to Aberdeen from Alford every day didn’t put Sam off, he says, and he soon settled into a routine of college and study. By the time he reached second year his confidence was growing and so when his class were asked if they would like to do some volunteering work, Sam happily agreed.
The computing students run a help desk where fellow students are able to go to ask for support.
Sam continues: “I was happy to help out. The student helpdesk runs alongside the college’s main help desk. We are the first point of contact for the students. We also follow a schedule of room checks and report any faults with college computers and we check the computers in the IT Centre. It was a really good experience working with ‘customers’, putting what we learn into practice, and being able to help them.”
Now that Sam has finished his course he is considering his options while looking for employment as an ICT engineer or software developer.