A childhood interest in computers led Thomas into a prestigious career. As an infrastructure and security specialist at IBM, he now helps manage over 500 separate company servers.
His job involves keeping them up to date, developing new applications and managing their security. The range of work is challenging but also stimulating. “I’ve always been driven to find out how and why
He joined the IBM apprenticeship scheme after one year at college and has been very impressed by the training and opportunities. “I’m now certified as a Red Hat systems engineer and an infrastructure wireless ethical hacker”.
Thomas believes an important part of his work is to strive for improvement. “That’s what the company thrives on. If you feel something could be done better, you need to voice your opinion and get it changed. Later on, when it’s all done you have the satisfaction of knowing you made a meaningful impact”.
Thomas - Career Pathway
Left school with 10 GCSEs
Spent one year at Woking College studying Physics, Electronics, Computing and a BTEC in Software Development
Went straight into the IBM Technical Solutions Apprenticeship Scheme where he spent three years moving around the company, learning about: Asset and License Management, Infrastructure AIX and Security
Linux/AIX Infrastructure and Security Specialist at IBM
IT engineers install, maintain and repair the physical components of computer systems and equipment.