Matthew Treanor

Moving out of the army and into IT


Matthew Treanor used to be on our Network Professional Programme back in 2014. From coming out of the army after 8 years of service, he decided that IT was the next career move he was going to make. This is his story:

What was your role in the army?

I was in the army for 8 years as a Service Engineer.

What made you choose to go into the army?

I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I originally tried the Royal Marines but that didn’t work out. I left and went straight into the army. I do miss it sometimes, I liked the team bonding and the people. It was a huge shock to the system coming out and changing career. I went travelling first for three months and then decided it was time to start in IT.

How did you come across Just IT?

I was looking around online. I decided to look for IT training courses as I wasn’t happy in the line of work I was doing and I wanted a career change. I have always like technology which was why I considered doing a career within IT. I spoke with Just IT and then joined the course.

When did your interest in IT first come about?

I have always liked computers, being on a computer and helping with any technical issues at home. So, I thought, why not do a career in something I enjoy?

How long were you on the course before getting a job?

I got a job whilst I was still on the course, it was my 7th week. I had completed all the other exams, but you must go away for a few weeks to study for the Windows 7 exam, that’s when the recruitment consultants found my first role. I decided to take my exam when working at Euroffice.

What did you enjoy the most about the course?

The best part was learning new skills, meeting new people and challenging myself. The Career Support Team were great as they helped me with my CV and my interview.

What is your current role?

I am a Systems Administrator at Euroffice. I provide desktop support to hundreds of users. I also look after the exchange services, phone systems, aspects of technical systems, calling recording software and I do all of the Microsoft Licensing. I enjoy the user interaction such as helping users when they’ve got issues and solving their problems.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I would like to become a Senior Infrastructure Engineer and I hope to have passed my VMWare courses.

What has been the biggest challenge you have had to face so far in your career?

When I first started my job, it was like being thrown in the deep end. There was a lot I needed to learn. I found the whole thing challenging, an example was having to migrate everyone’s mailboxes from Microsoft Exchange 2010 to 2013.

What would you recommend to someone with no background in IT looking to start a career within it?

I would say go and do some training courses with a provider. It’s a great idea, plus with Just IT you also have the Recruitment Consultants for support. You have everything there, all in one home! You don’t have to worry about anything.