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Ben Peckham

Ben Peckham

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management

Graduated 2020

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Tell us a bit about your role: 
I'm a Systems Engineer at Juniper Networks, which means I spend my day learning and working with the latest networking and security technologies. My technical role in a sales team means I design, demonstrate and work with network architectures on Juniper-driven solutions. I help sell our technologies to empower and enable networking teams all over the country and ultimately connect people together. A typical day for me includes:

  • Learning the cutting edge, whether this be in wireless, switching, routing, security, data centre etc.
  • Answering technical customer questions (RFP/RFI and putting this into a Bill of Materials)
  • Designing network and security solutions
  • Demonstrating our technologies to customers 

What do you enjoy most about your role?
As a Systems Engineer, I get the best of both worlds. On one side this means working on technical solutions, for example data centre fabric deployments. At the same time, I'm in sales which brings the opportunity of visiting customers on-site and connecting. 



What advice would you give to those wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Be enthusiastic in what you do every day knowing it can help someone else. Work relentlessly for what you want. A strong can-do attitude can carry you a long way!

How do you feel your studies at Solent helped prepare you for your career?
From a technical perspective, everything I needed for a graduate position was provided through my course. I remember in my first interview with Juniper, sitting in front of a whiteboard and being asked: "how would you design a campus network" and we'd recently covered this in a lecture. Plus, presentations to the rest of my class really helped as I now present to customers. 

As a systems engineer in such a fast paced industry, the learning curve is always a challenge, there is always something new to learn whether this be on the technical or sales side. 


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Katie Hamling

BSc (Hons) Computing

Graduated 2017

Katie Hamling

What have you been up to since graduating?
Since leaving university in 2017, I have set up my own business that offers website design and development alongside social media management and photography. I enjoy finding new clients and portraying their business online in a way that is unique to them. I have worked with clients all around the world and my first global client made me realise that you don’t need a job in a massive company to reach people anywhere in the world.

Being able to work for myself as a tiny company, but still do work for big companies in America, is a big achievement for me.



How did Solent help prepare you for your career?Learning computing was obviously a massive help with my job choice now, but Solent wasn’t just about the degree. For me, Solent taught me how to prioritise my time effectively, how to work well in tough situations and how to get the most out of my studies. I became more aware that the effort I put into my studies was reflected in my grade, which seems obvious now. Before Solent I would complete work and hand it in, knowing that it was completed ... but during my time at Solent I learnt to work hard, hand work in and feel pleased, not because it was completed, but because I was proud of it.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Make the most of your time at university – the three years goes so quickly. Speak to your lecturers – they’re going to be an invaluable part of your studies.

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Connor Banks

BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development

Graduated 2017

Connor Banks

I’m the Managing Director of CrankTech Digital Marketing, a business that specialises in website design and development, search engine optimisation, content creation, social media management and marketing strategy.

I started my business in my first year of university, which allowed me to apply the skills I learned on real world situations. I continued with the business and created a full time job out of it, which gave me the freedom of working for myself.

Creating and building a business is something I always had on my list of things I wanted to do, and it seemed right to give this a go while studying. After a lot of hard work and long hours, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made.

I loved the atmosphere of university: the welcoming feeling, freedom to use facilities, and access to all the resources I needed.

Solent prepared me for my career by teaching me the skills I needed to be independent, goal drive, and gave me an understanding that the learning process is never over. 

My biggest piece of advice for those interested in studying web design and development would be to ensure you’re doing something you love, and then practice as much as you can. The best you can do is always better than someone who isn’t doing anything.

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Antony Lane

BSc (Hons) Computer Network Management  

Graduated 2014

Antony Lane

This course is for you if you want to understand how data communication impacts our daily lives.

Tell us about your career story so far.
I’m a field technical support engineer at Westermo UK Technical Support, and I haven’t stopped since I started three years ago! I’ve been all around the country numerous times, run many training courses to help educate customers about Westermo, and presented at several seminars (some hosted at Solent). I’ve also spent a few weeks in Sweden visiting the factory where we manufacture our products.

I spend a fair bit of time on the road working with customers on site around the country. My day to day role is answering the phone/emails, pre/post sales and running the Westermo Certified Engineers course.

How did university prepare you for your career, and what’s your favourite memory?
Solent helped me understand what professional organisations are looking for in an employee. My favourite memory has got to be inviting my CEO and Managing Director for Westmo’s 2017 Kick Off, which was hosted at the university.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in your industry?Never think you’re underqualified for a job.

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