Where there's a Will, there's a way

My name is William Chalk and I live in Boldon Colliery. Not long after I added my details and appeared in the Talent Pool, I was given the chance of interviews with employers and I'm pleased to say that I now have a new job.

I have many hobbies and interests including sports, technology, cars, films and computer games. In the past I have taken up running and hope to complete the Great North Run this year. Through running I have lost 4 stone of extra weight in 6 months and have really improved my fitness. At school I played for the local football team and the school rugby team and had successful seasons with both of these.

I would like to gain more experience in IT and in business and build on the skills I already have. I spent 3 years at South Tyneside College learning ICT. In the first year I studied for my first Diploma, which included a number of units including website design, programming, PC hardware, how to present information using different programs and setting up networks. Whilst doing this I also completed my Key Skills Level 1 in both Maths and English and I was proud to pass the first Diploma with a Merit grade. In the second year I started my National Diploma, which is much more advanced and included more units, covering Advanced Programming, website design, customer service and advanced Maths.

In the second year of my National Diploma I also completed and passed the CISCO qualification which included two online tests and a number of written tasks, which I passed with a merit grade. At the same time I completed Key Skills Level 2 in Maths and English. At South Tyneside I was given the chance to work with the IT support team within the college and help out.

I would love... to help anyone with a problem regarding IT or something technical - I’m the tech guy that can get them sorted quickly and with no fuss.


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