I wanted to thank you for the opportunities that you gave me at Web Control. Without a degree in computer science the developer job market is a pretty rough place, over the course of six months I managed to get only two interviews.
I don't feel I was given a fair chance by a lot of employers because it would have taken much longer for them to work out what I could bring to their company when they had other candidates with 'BSc in Computer Science' on their CV.
It was very refreshing to find a company like Web Control who was actively looking for potential instead of achievement. I think you can teach the right person to do almost anything in six months and Web Control seemed to be more interested in what somebody could bring to the team in the future rather than in their first few weeks of employment. I think the entry test is an effective measure to see who might be a good fit and I recall my interview lasted about an hour, so after not getting the job I had no complaints as to whether I was really considered or not.
I'm pleased that you still asked me to attend the 3-day workshop, it gave me a much needed lift. For 3 days I wasn't just unemployed, hopelessly trying to get a career started, instead I was somebody that others thought might be worth giving a go. I learnt a lot, but crucially instead of having to find a solution through programming for a problem that I had, I was able to write a solution for a problem somebody else had conceived (I think we had a payroll exercise to do?). Without the boost in moral that these three days gave me I might have given up on software development before getting the job I am in now.
I was really struck by how friendly everyone was at Web Control and if you had offered me a job at any point before I had accepted my current one then I would have accepted immediately- I am sure would have really enjoyed working there.
I have a range of technically minded friends so if at some point in the future Web Control are looking for staff please let me know, as I'd love to recommend you.
- D. B. (Candidate)
I applied for a Trainee Programmer position with Webcontrol with some trepidation. Although I had plenty of experience in running business I had no actual programming experience. But it had always been a path I had wanted to take.
I submitted my application and received an invitation to attend an interview. Upon arrival myself and a group of other applicants were asked to complete a test that was designed specifically to see if we had an aptitude for programming. I passed the test with 100% and was interviewed by the directors that same day.
That evening I got a call from the Managing Director to congratulate me on getting the position. I have not looked back since. I cannot emphasise enough how much I am enjoying working here with Webcontrol. Everybody has been so welcoming, friendly and supportive.
I have been on many training courses with Webcontrol to enhance my technical skills and programming skills. I find every day brings new challenges and a sense of achievement in developing my skills, which have been further developed by working alongside such experienced programmers and the support and knowledge they give me on a daily basis.
I have found the whole experience so far very rewarding and I am looking forward to the many challenges the future brings working for Webcontrol.
- James Heselden (Employee)
Although I’d been dabbling in programming for ten years in my previous employment it was all self taught and not part of the position I had been employed for.
As I developed my programming skills I started to believe it was a profession I could excel in, but with no formal qualifications all I had was determination to succeed.
I applied for a job at Web Control after seeing the ad online and found myself attending an aptitude test at Caswell with thirty other applicants. Web Control were soon in contact again, inviting me for an interview and to my surprise a couple of weeks later offering me a job. Fortunately for me Web Control looked past the fact I had no I.T. qualifications and recognised my potential.
I can’t deny it has taken a lot of hard work but with the team’s help, training programs and patience, working along side excellent programmers and experienced consultants I have now found myself in a job I always wanted, and have no doubt I can now fulfil my potential.
For this I am truly grateful and can’t thank them enough.
- Paul Cosker (Employee)