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IT contractor of the year spills beans

Karl Flinders

Mix it up, be on time, go the extra mile and value training are important for any aspiring IT contractor, says James Fitzpatrick winner of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s IT contractor of the year award.

The title, awarded by the body representing the UK recruitment industry, recognises the UK’s top temporary workers, contractors or interim managers as part of National Temporary Workers Week held last month.

Fitzpatrick exclusively revealed to Computer Weekly why he enjoys his job as well as the secrets of his success.

He put his success down to a range of skills, experiences and best practices. These include gaining diverse experience, being punctual, volunteering for everything and anything and taking as much training as possible.

Fitzpatrick said the diversity of his job as an important factor in broadening experience. “In a single day I can help someone sort out a problem when dialling in remotely, fix a broken server and assist the support teams if something goes really wrong,” he said. 

Punctuality is also high on his tick list. “One of the golden rules of IT contracting is be prompt, better still, early,” he said.

“I like to try and get to work a few minutes early just so I can find out what has been happening during the day. This way, if there have been any major issues I can acquaint myself with them before beginning the overnight shift.”

He added that leaving on time is not always the best option. “Don’t always leave right on the bell. If there is a problem I am managing, I‘ll always stay on until I know that the appropriate team are comfortable dealing with it.”

Fitzpatrick said it is also important to show commitment and confidence through volunteering for everything. “If nothing else it shows you are keen and willing to accept the responsibility of learning or doing something different,” he added.

But don’t stop at learning on the job. “If you’re offered training, take it. I haven’t been in the IT industry long compared to some of my colleagues, but the training I have received over the years, starting with Accenture, S1(UK), ING Direct and finally here at JPMorgan Cazenove has been invaluable to my career.”

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