Coming back as a graduate - Sam's story

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

In July 2019 Sam Gourley returned to Liberty IT as an Associate Software Engineer, through our graduate recruitment. Sam had done his placement year with us in 2017-18, and decided this is where he wanted to work after graduating from Ulster University. 

Sam was interviewed by Silicon Republic and told them, 'I knew when doing my A-levels that I wanted to work in the tech industry. I changed one of my subjects from biology to computing and had a wonderful teacher who inspired me to see this as a career choice.'

He went on to say, 'The reputation of Liberty IT at UU was very positive and it was definitely held in high regard among the teaching staff. The company does a range of outreach to attract students, such as recruitment and careers events – but it was the input given by the Liberty IT talent team at the start of a lecture that pushed me to apply for a placement. I wanted to be working in the emerging tech they talked about. After my placement with Liberty IT, gaining some amazing experience, I knew I wished to start my career here after finishing my studies.'

When asked if he now feels more prepared for working life, Sam responded, 'Joining Liberty IT as a graduate has helped improve my technical knowledge, along with softer skills such as teamwork and communication, all of which allow me to function more effectively in a modern Agile workplace. I have gained great experience already, and that allows me to perform my duties to a higher standard. I am looking forward to availing of more training, building my own skillsets and, hopefully, progressing upwards through the self-nominated promotion process here. This means I can put myself forward for promotion and take responsibility for showing I can progress into a more senior role.'

Our 2019 student recruitment is now closed, but you can find all our current vacancies here.