Tascomi believe in investing in placement students. For us, placements are an opportunity for students to gain career-related experience, explore work in a realistic setting, enhance the connection between academic theory and work and develop a professional network.

Tascomi have been providing Software Development placements for the past four years, however this year saw the introduction of two new business related placements, in the form of; Marketing Assistant and Project Management Assistant.

Tascomi Commercial Director Niall Adams explained; “We’re hoping that by offering a more diverse selection of roles for students, that it will emphasise the variety of opportunities available within the IT sector. For Tascomi, creativity and business acumen are as vital to our success as technical expertise and that’s something we are keen to highlight to young people who are taking steps towards deciding their future careers.”

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L-R Victoria Boyle & Katie Lemon

Our Marketing Assistant and Project Management Assistant, Victoria Boyle and Katie Lemon, both from Ulster University, are now at the halfway mark of their time with Tascomi. We asked them how they have benefitted from their placement experience so far and how their initial perception of their roles has changed during the last six months:

Victoria Boyle

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What is your role at Tascomi?

My role at Tascomi is Marketing Assistant, which falls under the Sales and Marketing team. My daily tasks include developing resources such as case studies and blog posts for the corporate website, assisting with the planning and management of events, providing content for marketing activities; press releases, promotional materials etc., maintaining company social media accounts and representing the company at events; in the past few weeks I have attended the Northern Ireland Civil Service Conference, both Queens University & Ulster University Placement & Graduate Fairs and a networking breakfast at QUB. Recently, I have also been given the opportunity to get involved in the Tascomi Sales process.

How has Tascomi helped you in your career development?    

I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to gain practical experience within the industry. Tascomi has given me a glimpse into a rapidly growing, high-paced professional environment. Regardless of how much you think you have learned from your studies, the information and skills you can acquire from a placement year are invaluable. My time at Tascomi has allowed me to gain and develop skills such as teamwork, interpersonal skills, computer proficiency and the ability to deal with responsibilities and challenges.

What advice would you have for prospective Tascomi candidates?

Placements are unique learning opportunities; an opportunity to learn and gain feedback from those around you. My advice would be to ask questions (there’ll be many things you won’t know), observe those around you, take calculated risks and learn from your mistakes.

What are you enjoying most at Tascomi?

As a ‘people’s person’ and a bit of a chatter box… I really enjoy meeting and chatting to people and working closely with people as part of a team. It’s been great getting to know the Team at Tascomi and learning from their skills and experience. I also love being out and about- attending events and meeting people from all walks of life.

What do you find most challenging at Tascomi?

I would be very quick to admit I am not the most technically minded person. I found using photo editing software within my role challenging at the beginning, however, I am slowly but surely learning and feeling more competent and am now utilising this on a daily basis.

What has been your favourite project at Tascomi?

I really enjoy working towards something with an end goal, so I would have to say that assisting Ruth, our Sales and Marketing Executive, in the organisation of our Customer Collaboration Day has been a highlight of my time so far at Tascomi. When I saw the Collaboration Day video created by The Hype Factory Click here to see video, the hard work was certainly worth it!

What have you gained from working at Tascomi?

Exploring is a a very important aspect of the academic process and gaining placement has been a great way to explore what is involved within a marketing role; what I am good at and what I am not so good at. I feel I have gained so many invaluable skills and feel significantly more confident at applying what I have learnt at University to my future career.

If you could switch your job with anyone else in Tascomi, whose job would you want?

I think it would be fair to say that a Software Development role wouldn’t really be an option for me… I would do more harm than good! I would happily try Project Management or join Linda in Tascomi’s Finance team.

What would you like to see happen within Tascomi in the next five years?

I think Tascomi is in a really exciting position at the moment. The growth within the company in the last two years makes me expectant for what potential the company has in the next five. I would undoubtedly love to see the company continue to expand; both the team grow and our products launched outside the UK & Ireland.

Take a look back at our interview with Victoria during her first week!

Katie Lemon

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How did you first learn about Tascomi?

I first learned about Tascomi through some placement websites, following this I had a look at the Tascomi website and read more about them and what they do.

What drew you to Tascomi originally?

When I was looking for a placement position, I had some things in mind of what I wanted to do. I came across the Project Management position in Tascomi and having read the brief job description, I felt like it was exactly what I had been looking for. When I looked at the website, I felt even better about it.

What is your role at Tascomi?

I am a Project Management Assistant at Tascomi.

How has Tascomi helped you in your career development?

I feel like since I’ve started with Tascomi, I’ve developed a much more realistic grasp of the concept of working in a business environment. More specifically the high paced environment of a small business that is growing rapidly. Also, before starting with Tascomi, I wasn’t sure of exactly what I wanted from my career, but I have now realised that Project Management is something which I thoroughly enjoy and I find it to be well suited to my skills and qualities.

What advice would you have for prospective Tascomi candidates?

If you enjoy working in a fast paced environment with a lot going on, and you are happy to work in teams and liaise with many people for one task, then Tascomi is definitely worth considering.

What are you enjoying most at Tascomi?

I enjoy being able to work with a lot of people on a lot of different projects. With so much going on, my workload is varied quite substantially. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, that has been very interesting. Further, I feel that my input and thoughts are valued and I feel that my contribution is appreciated.

What do you find most challenging at Tascomi?

It can be quite challenging to keep on top of everything that is going on – as a Project Management Assistant; I am working on many different projects and tasks, but I like that it challenges me.

What has been your favourite project at Tascomi?

I have been working on the implementation of our newest product Council Direct. This is an online services portal for Local Government, which integrates with our back office systems. I have enjoyed this a lot, because I get to see the project being carried through from the initiation stage right through to the final sign off.

What have you gained from working at Tascomi?

I feel like I have gained more confidence in my own abilities and I am much happier to speak up and contribute where I can. I have also developed my understanding of coding and IT systems – I still have a lot to learn though.

What has surprised you most about working at Tascomi?

I have been most surprised by the extent to which I have enjoyed working here. I was concerned that as a placement student I would have a role with little contribution and a lot of menial tasks. I feel like a valued part of the team here and I am so thankful for that.

If you could switch your job with anyone else in Tascomi, whose job would you want?

I think it would be interesting to swap jobs with some of the developers. I’d like to have the understanding and ability to do some of the more intricate work that they do.

What would you like to see happen within Tascomi in the next five years?

I hope that Tascomi will continue to expand their business externally and subsequently continue to grow internally. Even since I have joined, I have seen a vast amount of growth.

Take a look back at our interview with Katie during her first week!