10th March 2022

NCW2022 – Meet Dale Curtis, IT Systems Analyst

What is your role?

IT Systems Analyst

Describe your job in three words?

Fast-paced, varied and rewarding

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Every day is different, I get to deal with various people from across the business and solve a wide range of issues.

What skills do you need to succeed in your role?

Problem-solving skills, strong analytical skills, interpersonal skills, good attention to detail and teamwork.

What education or training do you need for your role?

To get a job as an IT systems analyst you usually need a degree or apprenticeship in a technical or IT subject, or experience from a related role.

What does an average week look like for you?

My work consists of reacting to situations that occur and solving them. I set up equipment for new starters and liaise with other IT staff such as programmers to produce new systems/

implement new systems.

Why did you choose a career in construction?

I chose a career in IT because I’ve always had an interest in tech since I used my first computer at the age of three. I didn’t choose to work in the construction industry, but it’s definitely a great industry to work in and I’d certainly recommend a career in construction.

What is one thing you’ve learnt about the industry, which surprised you?

The construction industry relies on a lot of IT systems in order to deliver a successful project. I was also very surprised by the range of roles within the industry!

Tell us about your career journey so far?

In the three years I have been with Van Elle, I’ve been voted Teammate of the year, given more responsibilities looking after various projects and I’ve recently become line manager and mentor for an IT apprentice.

What advice would you give to somebody looking to get into the industry?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What are your career aspirations?

Continuing to gain experience and develop, I’d like to eventually become management within IT.

Do you feel like you’re making a difference in your job?

Yes, I’m not one for taking compliments but I get praised a lot for my work and helping people across the business.

What is the best bit of advice you have for someone looking to move into this role?

There are definitely lots of opportunities available in the industry so it’s worth doing your research on the various roles and seeing if your skills are a good match. However, there are so many opportunities to learn and develop. For IT, I’d say don’t panic, it’s not always possible to fix everything instantly and remember you won’t be expected to know everything!

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