I’ll be speaking at a Southampton University careers event next week

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Myself and a developer colleague of mine will be speaking about careers in the IT sector at a Southampton university careers event next week.


We’re booked in on the 27th representing my current employer, dotDigital Group. Here at dDG we’re offering 3 paid internships next summer in the development group, and this event will be the first chance to talk to us about them face to face. We’ll also be offering sandwich year placements in future as well.

As part of the talk, we’ll give our opinions on job searching in the IT sector currently, and also compare and contrast the differing types of employer and what they have to offer, based on our personal experiences over the years.

After that we’ll also run a CV workshop for anyone who wants to bring their CV along for some constructive criticism 🙂

Recruitment Frenzy

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dotDigital contains to grow at a fast rate. I’m currently recruiting the following roles:

Javascript / .NET developer x 2

C# .NET developer x 3


UX / UI designer

Head of Systems

Senior System Administrator

Desktop Support Engineer

Product Owner

SSIS / ETL / integration team leader

All these positions are available now and in interview stage. You can find details on our tech jobs site http://www.dotdigitaljobs.com/, our corporate site http://www.dotdigitalgroup.com/jobs/, and in various places such as stack overflow and jobserve.

This is keeping me busy pretty much full time right now, but you can’t complain about having to recruit to expand 🙂 If you fancy working for a company like dDG, drop us a line.

I’m recruiting a SQL Server DBA

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I’m looking to recruit a SQL Server production DBA for my current employer, dotDigitalGroup. If you fancy coming and working on a big sector leading SaaS project with some very intelligent developers and technicians, check out the advert here


and our dedicated job site with details about the team here


Some thoughts and follow up to KAM careers fair at KTH Stockholm

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The last 3 weeks of my UK day job have been a tad boring, but this is the case sometimes. I’ve just been trying to get a task out the door which involved lots of large TSQL code for reporting and data analysis. This type of thing leaves me cold and is not something I get involved with very often (well not in this century at least, I used to do this stuff in ’97/98 but hey….it was a favour for someone and it’s nearly done now!) anyway fortunately I was in Stockholm last week to talk at the Royal Institute of Technology careers days (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan Arbetsmarknadsdag for those Swedish speakers amongst you) which was a fantastic time.

I met some seriously intelligent people and enjoyed chewing the fat with many of them about starting out a career in the IT sector. I hope that I provided a rather different outlook to some of the speakers and exhibitors at the conference as I left school at 17 with no higher education whatsoever (let alone a bachelors or masters degree) and it took me 6 years or so to even get someone to give me a job remotely close to IT and another 2 to actually get myself placed in a real IT job in a software house. Add to this my rather varied career paths since which have veered between investment banks to year one start-ups and Microsoft, and I hope that I gave a different perspective to some of the students. it certainly felt like a success and the company I was representing (Basefarm – who I still consult for regularly) received a large number of applications for internships and employment.

As well as being on the Basefarm stand all day just chatting to whoever came along, I did a talk in the afternoon entitled “This much I know……” where I expanded on some of the above thoughts and compared and contrasted a number of different companies, company types, job types and locations and what they were like to work for, and how they had helped or hindered the development of my career. Hopefully those present learnt a few tips to help them mould their own career paths. I try to not make the talk into a lecture, because I don’t want to give the impression I know too much, or that I’m teaching people how they should act, it’s far more an approach of hoping that people will pick up tips and trends based on some of the things I’ve experienced along the way (both good and bad).

I’ll probably be doing similar stuff at other universities in Sweden over the next year so, but I’d be happy to be involved in any UK based ones as well, so if you’re organising a careers fair in the UK, please drop me a line if you’d be interested in having me along. My current employer in the UK, dotDigitalGroup, has taken on a large number of IT graduates over the years and I think it’s a testament to the company the number of technical employees that they still retain where it’s their first job after university. It’s quite uncommon in my experience for an organisation to be able to maintain such loyalty and I think it speaks volumes for how much people like working there. I think we’d be able to share some interesting career thoughts and possibilities with UK based students, so feel free to drop me a line if this sounds interesting to you.

I’ll be speaking at Kista Arbetsmarknadsdag (KAM) next week – 28th March

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I’ll be speaking at Kista Arbetsmarknadsdag (KAM) next week on 28th March. It’s not a technical talk since it’s a career day for students, it’s a “this much I’ve learnt” type of talk about career building in the IT sector. I’ll be there representing Basefarm AB as I help then with their windows recruitment, as I know the recruitment market and the company from  my time in Stockholm.

I’m lucky enough to have had a fairly varied career in the IT sector, ranging from start-ups to Microsoft and in the talk I just compare and contrast some of the different things that come along in the course of an IT career.

I’ll also be on the Basefarm stand from time to time during the day, so please come along and say hello if you’re attending.