A STUDENT’S career has got off to the best possible start after he was head-hunted – before even finishing his course.
Tom Schott is a student at Cleveland College of Art and Design.
Thanks to the good impression the college made on North-East company Webworks, Tom was offered an interview with the firm.
And Tom, who is being taught at the Hartlepool campus, impressed the IT company’s bosses so much that they offered him a job.
Tom, 20, who studies graphic design, was offered the chance of an interview after Webworks approached his tutor asking if anyone was interested in that very subject.
As a result, he jumped at the opportunity and could not believe it when Webworks offered him the job.
Tom said: “I was offered a chance to go for an interview which was great experience for me.
“But when I was told I had the job I just couldn’t believe it.
“It is brilliant that I have got a job and I haven’t even finished my course yet.”
Tom, from Darlington, is now helping to manage hundreds of websites and build new ones for clients after his love of computers started from an early age.
He said: “I can remember getting my first computer when I was 10.
“When I was at school I did IT, art and graphics and loved it.
“I always knew I’d work with graphics and computers.”
Tim Moor, general manager of Webworks, said: “It’s often hard to get the right person to fill a vacancy.
“But we have staff who previously studied at the college, so it made complete sense to me to go straight to the source of the knowledge, and it has paid off.
“Tom is doing a great job for us. He knows what he is doing and he is a keen worker.
“I’m sure we will use the college again in future.”