Where Are They Now? – Alex McTavish
November 1, 2015
What is your Doris Story?
A friend of mine used to work with Chris and Kath, and knew that they had left their previous role to set up Doris. Having heard about Doris’ approach at bringing new talent into IT, and not necessarily that of IT graduates, my friend recommended that I apply. I was incredibly excited to do this as I was no longer enjoying my working life and my career felt quite static - I was no longer happy in my role. I remember feeling quite nervous at the interview/group session, as I was one of the older candidates, and did not have a university degree – refreshingly I was told afterwards that this is what made me stand out as I had real life working experience.
Chris and Kath quickly found me an assignment with eg solutions plc, and I have been with eg ever since, signing a permanent contract with them in January 2014.
What are you doing now and why?
I am still working for eg as a Client Implementation Consultant – currently on project in Bratislava, Slovakia. My work with eg has taken me across the world so far and I have worked on projects in South Africa, India and Holland as well as in various cities within the UK.
In what way has Doris developed your life and career?
Quite simply Doris has literally changed my entire life. Without Doris I would not be in the career I am currently in – I would still be running a bar in Manchester, whereas instead I am working internationally in a career that has a lot of opportunities to learn and progress. Doris helped me grow in confidence and helped me believe that this was possible.
As well as the initial opportunity that Doris provided for me – I still think of Chris and Kath and the help and advice that they provided for me whilst I was a Doris employee, and knowing that they would still offer me advice to this day. No question was ever too silly (I would often ring Chris for advice on email etiquette) and both Chris and Kath were always happy to help.
What do you associate with Doris and your career now?
Confidence – without the self-belief that Doris instilled in me I do not believe I would be where I am today.
Is there a memory that stands out about your time at Doris?
Not so much a memory but more the feeling that nothing was ever too much trouble. Any help or advice needed was only ever a phone call away – both Chris and Kath always went above and beyond to make sure I was happy. Their number one priority is always the Trainee’s and Apprentice’s careers – both Chris and Kath were the first to congratulate me when I was offered my eg contract, despite it meaning me leaving Doris!
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