Benjamin De St Paer-Gotch - Graduate profile
Associate Consultant, Microsoft

The best things about my course were: the variety and choice of interesting topics, the passion of the lecturers about their subject and the placement year opportunities.  My placement year at GlaxoSmithKline as an ICT consultant was an invaluable experience.

Before I’d even finished my final year exams I managed to secure a position with Microsoft as an Associate Consultant on the MACH (The Microsoft Academy for College Hires) post graduation scheme. In this role I have to design customer solutions, working with clients to create new solutions and resolve issues; planning and managing projects and problem solving at a high level. I always thought I would be a programmer but having done this work I have found there is so much more to try and this job encompasses all those aspects that I want to discover.

To be going into this job straight out of university is unbelievable; the full job description could not have described what I want to do with my career any clearer and to be able to work at a company like Microsoft is a dream come true.

University of Plymouth has everything you need for a university experience. It can teach you a lot about what it means to work in the field of computing; to work as a professional with professionals. It will build your confidence and teach you lifelong skills as well as making friends and having times you will never forget. I would recommend Plymouth to anyone without a second of doubt as without it I would not be where I am today.

"To be able to work at a company like Microsoft is a dream come true"