Following on from our previous placement showcase, this week we speak to Bruce Sievewright about his 12 month placement with STV.
Q: What was your key role and responsibilities?
A: My role varied from day to day, not limited to but included -
• Technical Support for all offices – Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow as a permanent member of the IT Service Desk via phone and remote control
• Server administration on Windows 2003 and 2008
• Update and upgrade of client server systems as and when required
• Become involved in project and development work
• Provide 1st level network support
• Produce system and user documentation
Q: What did an average days work consist of?
A: An average day consisted of answering calls on IT Helpdesk for offices all across Scotland and project work using Visual Studio. Also, dealing with IT requests locally at the Aberdeen office such as installing hardware/software and setting up meeting rooms for presentations and training courses.
Q: What were key highlights of your placement?
A: Spending a week in the Glasgow office, HQ of STV, working alongside the IT team getting a feel for what my year would entail. Preparing for and assisting with an office move, gaining great experience in networking and adding new hardware to the Aberdeen office.
Q: What are your personal thoughts on the placement ?
A: It was great opportunity to experience working in Scotland’s number one broadcasting company. There were tight deadlines as each day the STV News programme aired at 6pm and this meant any technological issues had to be resolved by then – a demanding challenge at times. It was good to put into practise what I learned at university, transferring these skills to the work place. My skills in communication and managing time keeping greatly improved and I will use this in my degree and honours year now that I’m back at University.
Q:What would be your advice to other students thinking of doing a placement?
A: Utilise your time on placement, you are member of staff for the year and the experience you gain is valuable, work hard and you will gain new skills and widen current skills too. A lot of the skills you gain are transferrable to other jobs and even coursework at university. Any experience is an asset to you and to the company you work for, and a paid placement is an added bonus.