Meet Howard…..hear his story of life as an IBM apprentice

I’m Howard Jackson and currently I’m an apprentice at IBM. I chose to become an apprentice because at the time it was the best pathway for me to follow post A levels. I thought that working with programmers, testers and PM’s on real projects for clients would be better for my development than the theoretical knowledge I believed I would learn at Uni.

I have been able to work all over the country with clients in different industries and with different strategies. I have been in client facing roles from an early stage which has really benefitted my career as I am now able to work with colleagues and clients of all levels.

Working in a finance role I got a different perspective of the business and was able to work with partners and senior leaders despite my status as an apprentice. I have since moved on to a Degree Apprenticeship which I am now studying at Manchester Metropolitan University and hoping to graduate with a BSc in Digital & Technology Solutions via the IT Consultancy Pathway.

My current role is working to manage the scope of the cloud migration programme for a major bank. This is one of the largest programmes of its kind and has been a great learning experience for me. I have been able to get insights from mentors who have been doing migration programmes for 20+ years and this has helped me with my progression within the cloud growth area for IBM.

Each day I learn something new which is really important to me at this stage of my career, but I do plan to keep this up throughout my career and post my apprenticeship.

Cloud is a huge growth area and strategic imperative for IBM right now. I am fully utilising the learning experiences on offer on my project and am hoping to grow into more of a leadership role within the programme. I see the value in giving back to newer apprentices and have mentees who I catch up with regularly to help them progress through their careers. I am now aligned to the Banking industry and am looking forward to the exciting few years ahead as banks focus on new digital strategies.

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