Corey Taylor had amassed lots of experience in security systems through a long and varied career working with various technologies in the electronic security sector. His career included time spent in the Army as a Communications Engineer as well a subsequent career in project engineering. Having always had a passion in Electrical, Corey decided it was the time to build a second rewarding career as an Electrician so went back to college to re-train in Electrical Installation. On completing his course Corey found it difficult as a mature student to gain a direct entry position due to his lack of practical experience and his career break. After applying via the STEM Returners programme Corey is now a Power Engineer for BT. Here is his story:
Why did you approach STEM Returners?
Completing my Electrical Installation qualification as a mature student I was struggling to find my first position in the industry. I seemed to be in an odd position where I had lots of prior experience which made it difficult for me to be considered for apprentice roles, but equally didn’t have the experience for direct entry. I needed a platform to help in my return to work especially after a two year career break.
How did STEM Returners help?
STEM Returners gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills and experiences by getting me through the door of BT. It navigated all the barriers and gave me an opportunity to discuss what I had to offer directly with the hiring managers at an informal open day.
What was the end result?
After a successful open day I was invited to join the BT STEM Returners programme, a paid 13 week internship to learn the job and hone my recently acquired qualifications in a practical environment. At the end of the programme I was delighted to accept a permanent position as a Power Engineer at my local BT site.
How has this changed your career?
The programme allowed me to secure a job within BT and gain a great career path in line with what I had studied, I look forward to continuing to develop my career with BT.
Would you recommend the programme?
I would definitely recommend this programme to anyone at my age (41) or older who has years of experience and knowledge gained through self-development and hard work and is longing for that career springboard. STEM Returners should be your first point of contact!