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IT graduate boosts career with ScotGrad placement

Daniel Ratajczyk is half-way through a 12-month graduate placement with building services firm ECG Facilities Services Ltd.

Published: 13/10/2016

Training Group at ScotGrad event 

Since studying the subject at school, Daniel has wanted to work in IT. When he moved to the UK from Poland 10 years ago, he spent time acquiring qualifications in computing at the City of Glasgow College. After college, Daniel attended Glasgow Caledonian University where he completed his degree in Networked Systems Engineering.

Daniel, pictured second from the left, began working at Glasgow-based ECG Facilities Services in March this year, as a Systems Support Engineer. ECG provides building maintenance, repair and refurbishment to the commercial and industrial sectors.

Daniel’s role has played a key part of implementing an Active Directory for the company, a database that keeps track of user accounts and passwords. This involved improving the organisation’s data collection processes and reporting procedures to both staff and clients. This has seen Daniel dive head first into a whole new world of different technologies, software and systems.

Working with his team, Daniel has also led a project to assess and analyse the current data collection forms on the company’s website and redesign them, as well as troubleshoot database errors. Alongside project work, Daniel has come face-to-face with new systems common in business management and built on his experience of IT problem solving.

Daniel said: “I always loved working with computers and I knew I wanted to pursue the subject professionally, which led me to studying IT at college and university. After graduation, I knew the next step for my career would be to gain real-world work experience. I found the ScotGrad programme while surfing the internet one day, and they had a whole range of opportunities for IT graduates.

“I was lucky enough to be successfully placed at ECG and my time with the company so far has been so beneficial for my development already. I’m enjoying using the IT knowledge and networking skills I gained at university on a day-to-day basis as well as having the freedom to create new data forms which will be used by the business. I’ve enjoyed the responsibility and it’s great to work with colleagues who value my opinion, especially when it comes to troubleshooting.

“The placement has been a great first step into the industry and I would encourage any other IT graduates to consider a ScotGrad placement when looking for employment after studying. I am learning about a lot of new software and solution techniques, and the skills I am developing will put me in great stead for full-time employment once my placement is complete.”

Graduate placements with ScotGrad are available throughout the year. For more information, check out our overview page and apply for our current opportunities.