Case study: Robert Harris

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Robert is a Cardiff University graduate whose career in computer science was inspired by a week-long Technocamps workshop he undertook while in school.  He currently works as an Associate Consultant for global software company Red Hat, having completed their graduate programme.  

His work takes him across the world, and he has travelled to places like Prague and Munich during the course of his short career. 

Robert tells us that he finds his job very rewarding but extremely challenging. It can be particularly frustrating when confronted by something new; the temptation is always to get stuck in straight away when really it is better to take your time and understand it fully before trying to get it to work.  

He enjoys being able to work alongside the hugely talented UKI consulting team.  “I love working with exceptionally talented colleagues who don’t take themselves too seriously… I also love the unique open culture and organisational wide passion for everything open source.  It is this open culture that gives me the freedom to pursue my personal interests in technology.

Some of the best advice I’ve been given is to always keep an open mind and to approach all sources of information critically. I’ve found this has helped when forming an opinion on a piece of tech, during customer and colleague meetings and in life in general. For the foreseeable future, I intend to stay at Red Hat and expand knowledge in the Red Hat middleware and cloud portfolio. I, fortunately, passed my RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) certification, with my current certification target being the Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration.”  

“When I was 16, there were two main events which inspired me to choose technology as a career path. The first was doing a week long work experience at a local IT shop. During this week I learned how to build, install and refurbish PCs, ready to be sold second hand to customers. The second was  attending a week long Technocamps workshop.  This gave me a great flavour into the world of programming and computational thinking.” – Robert Harris