Making the most of exciting opportunities in the IT sector

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Neil Thirkell, Virtualisation SME at Veterans UK

“ARM is constantly working in the background, helping me to find new roles when the time comes and alerting me to opportunities that best suit my career needs and skill set.”

“IT is a great sector to work in and the market is very buoyant for those with the right skills,” comments Neil Thirkell, a specialist in the implementation of secure IT networks. Through ARM, Neil has found a rewarding career using his technical knowledge and expertise at Veterans UK, part of the Ministry of Defence charged with administering the armed forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service. 

What are the hot topics in the IT industry right now?

The IT market is really buzzing at the moment with lots of movement both in terms of technology and people in the industry. Virtualisation of servers is still very big and the movement to cloud-based systems has really picked up its pace recently. There is a big demand for trained and skilled people who fully understand these concepts and have the right experience to make it smooth and painless.

How did you find your current role?

ARM approached me with the opportunity and I was very impressed with their professionalism from the start. A number of other people I know had already found new roles through ARM and gave me great feedback, which made me keen to hear what was on offer.

When you are looking for a new role it’s really important that the recruiter understands the needs of the organisation and the aspirations of the candidate and this is something in which ARM is very well versed. I am now working for Veterans UK which is both hugely rewarding from a personal standpoint and also a great career step.

What challenges do IT professionals wanting to develop their careers face today?

With such a fast-moving sector such as IT, being aware of all the opportunities that are open to you can be a big challenge, but I am very pleased to say ARM rises to this very well indeed. They helped me to find the exact role I wanted.

What advice would you share with others that are looking for a new opportunity right now?

Work with a specialist recruiter such as ARM. It is a huge help to have someone on your side that has a deep understanding of your specific area of technology expertise, the business drivers of the organisation and also the personalities involved in the process. These are all vital ingredients that will help you find the position that is right for you.

ARM is constantly working in the background, helping me to find new roles when the time comes and alerting me to opportunities that best suit my career needs and skill set. Finding a new job can be like a full-time occupation, which is no small task when you work as a contractor. This is where you really need expert help with the challenge. ARM is there to help me continuously stay in work, which gives me great peace of mind.