Thomas C.

Chairman
Happy to mentor
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About me

Thomas C.
Computer Science
Computer Science
Undergraduate
Goodricke
1997
United Kingdom

My employment

Chairman
Software company
United Kingdom
Digital and IT services

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A day in the life of a Chairman in the United Kingdom

I have started five businesses in my time and sold three

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

Bespoke software company specialising in insurance, charities, retail, logistics and data

What do you do?

Chair the Board, line manager of the Managing Director, ensure good governance, strategy, business planning etc.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

Founded by own business and eventually retired from running it to overseeing it in a non-executive role

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

No

Describe your most memorable day at work

Winning a £1.3million tender for support of some software against the company who had written it

Are there any challenges associated with your job?

People management

What’s your work environment and culture like?

Homeworking except on board meeting days

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

Debating Society (primarily developed great toasty making skills, but did also help me develop my sales patter)

What would you like to do next with your career?

See other profile, I am also a Sales Transformation Consultant

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

The first job is not forever, but it's best not to change jobs more than once every two or three years. Many employers are put off my any candidate who changes roles more frequently.

What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?

Anything business, computing or sales related

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I have started five businesses in my time and sold three

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