Sharp-aX Computer Systems Limited tired of the failed government graduate schemes so sourced their first graduate via a local recruitment company.
Tim Ogden gained a degree in computers (an IT Practitioner). He came for interview in the hope of becoming a software developer. Tim agreed he knew little or nothing about anything to do with business processes or commerce and would struggle to progress with so little commercial know how.
Regardless, Tim displayed an exciting and unusual level of confidence and keenness to learn and we recognised that he would very quickly become a valuable asset to the Sharp-aX company.
Over the months Tim worked hard and gained experience in all departments commencing with admin/accounts, software support, sales, training and consultancy and finally web development.
It was in this department that he was able to realise his goal in life – to become a Web Developer.
Tim is currently studying towards a Zend professional qualification in PHP and will commence a Masters in May for Web Design and Mobile Development Technologies.
Tim said “I have found my role and I am the happiest I have ever been.”
During this time, we asked Tim if he knew anyone else who might be interested in becoming a Sharp-aX Corporate Graduate – he said no.
All his friends were far too busy playing games until 3:00am in the morning and staying in bed until 3:00pm in the afternoon. Next day – he said yes – I thought of one person.
This was Alison Luk, like Tim smart, keen to please, works hard, gained a degree in computers (an IT Practitioner) but again had little business experience and again no idea of what she wanted to do with her career.
We liked Alison immediately with the her beautiful smile and ability to blend in and please – we employed her in August 2017.
She very quickly displayed an artistic ability creating website banners during her time with the web team but this department was not for her.
She continued her different departmental training but not settling anywhere until she joined the last department – the Sharp-aX software development team – she developed a rapport with the Team Leader and has since become a full time Systems Analyst Tester.
Alison sees this as a significant step and will shortly commence a Masters in Software Engineering.
Alison said “I am happy – I am learning the software and I am useful but I also get to use my artistic skills with the web team too.”
We are very proud of our Corporate Graduates and they are grateful to us for being allowed to filter their way through our various departments, gaining knowledge, learning to work in different teams and environments and to have such a good start to their careers within the software industry.
We are also equally proud to claim success with our determination to help young people to work if they want to.
We would ask anyone reading this article to contact your local universities and colleges or better still use social media (LinkedIn & Facebook) to make contact and “give our young people a chance of a fulfilling and rewarding future.”
Sharp-aX Computer Systems Limited.
Posted: 3rd November 2017
Posted in: Sharp-aX
"The installation has gone very well, and it has saved us a lot of time and made us more efficient especially on the sales desk. We plan to grow the system over the next few years as the company grows"
Mark Slater, Manager
"I have worked closely with the Sharp-Ax Web Development Team for more than 4 years now. When we first started working together, I was incredibly green and had little knowledge of how to go about creating a website.
Sharp-Ax were incredibly patient and helped me through the early stages, quickly earning my trust and respect.
Throughout the process they have come up with some truly innovative solutions to tasks I have set and have worked with me to achieve a platform that I am very happy with.
I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone that is looking to either start a website from scratch or are looking to move their business. It sounds corny Jean, Manish and the rest of the team do actually prioritise the customer experience, which in this day and age is refreshing"
Skilled, reliable, and excellent customer care
"I've been working closely with the web team at Sharp Ax now for over two years, and during that time they have always been thoroughly professional, reliable and most importantly, very good at what they do.
Our site has gone through strength to strength since we went live around 18 months ago, and it has now become a vital part of our business. We regularly receive glowing compliments about the layout and usability of our website from customers and suppliers, and while I would love to be able to take the credit for it, this is largely down to the website template and CMS, which is simple and easy to use.
As with all tech installations you may get the odd hiccup or something may not integrate seamlessly with your own system at first, but the best thing about Sharp Ax is that any problem is fixed quickly and with the minimum of fuss. It is clear that they prioritise customer satisfaction, which is refreshing to see from a tech company.
I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone and I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship moving forward"
"We had a big increase in our daily workload as we set up the new system. Our software problems proved to be minimal though and Sharp-aX came to our aid whenever required, so we were able to move forward with total confidence"
Dave Mansfield, Senior Systems and Network Administrator
Apex Grange Ltd
"We wanted to set the company up for the next 15 years with a totally modern Microsoft windows system that has everything we need and all the features that we will need as we grow, and is easy to use. Already it is like having another member of staff and we have all the daily knowledge we need at our fingertips. The sales order processing is splendid"
Simon Carter, Company Manager
Carter Mason Electrical Ltd
"I've looked at different systems and picked Sharp-Ax from Sharp-aX Computer Systems, because it used all modern windows techniques and was by far the best I saw; they are very experienced in electrical wholesalers systems and while they are a large software house which is reassuring, you are still treated as important, whatever size you are"
Jon Bishop, Branch manager