Meet Katie…..hear her story of life as an IBM apprentice

My name is Katie Grubb and I am from the city of Bath. I currently work at IBM Hursley in Winchester as a Security Intelligence Analyst, alongside studying for my BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions at the University of Exeter. I started at IBM as a Future student during my gap year having completed my A-Levels in 2016. During this time, I was responsible for the on boarding of all IBM’s Early Professionals which provided me with a level of responsibility that encouraged me to continue working. Being given the opportunity to complete a degree alongside working in a ‘real’ role was the perfect alternative to me going to University. It is something I cannot recommend enough.

I have been fortunate enough to speak in front of the Lord Mayor of London and the 50 livery companies at Mansion House. This gave me the platform to share my experience as a Degree Apprentice as 
well as give the attendees an insight into how an Apprentice could benefit their liveries. This was a fantastic opportunity that allowed me to develop my presentation skills alongside breaking down the stigma that surrounds Apprenticeships. 

Every day is different and I am constantly faced with exciting new challenges in my role. I am fortunate to work with an experienced team who can share their knowledge of the industry with me; supporting my personal development into the role. On top of this, with so many educational tools and a fantastic support network around me, there are always new opportunities for me to develop new skills and 

As I am currently in Year 1 at the University of Exeter, I am hoping to gain a greater knowledge surrounding Cyber Security and apply this understanding in the work place. As my course progresses, I will have the ability to specialise in Cyber Security which will further support my development within my current role and allow me to start sharing this knowledge with my colleagues and my peers. Ultimately, I wish to advance into a leadership or managerial role so that I can support my team with a strong background and passionate mindset.

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