Martin Shields, a software developer who joined Saggezza in June 2017, has seen his career move quickly through the gears and into the fast-lane since joining the company.
The 30-year-old has just completed a four-month stint working in the US, supporting one of Saggezza’s global clients.
“One of the things that attracted me to Saggezza was the fact that it’s an international company that has real ambition to grow,” he says.
“I wanted to kick start my career somewhere that would give me the chance to move up quickly. But also somewhere I knew I could make a real contribution.
“One of the things that attracted me more than anything was the fact that Saggezza is big enough to have a really rewarding career, but small enough to know that you will be treated as a person and not just a number.
“My expectations have certainly been fulfilled at my time with the firm, and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity I have.”
Despite having only joined Saggezza relatively recently, Martin has already been promoted once and is excited about further opportunities to rise through the ranks.
“Within a year of joining the firm I was promoted from an associate software developer to my current role, and I am hopeful of progressing further having grown my skills during my recent project in the US.”
Martin was given the opportunity in late summer 2018 to relocate to Chicago for 10 weeks, in order to lead the delivery of a client project.
“I had worked on the project with the client since April, and when a colleague in the US moved onto a new account, the chance came for me to get more involved.
“I spoke to my partner, as we have a young child, but I think she could see how excited I was about the opportunity and she said ‘if it’s going to advance your career, you should go for it’.
“I am really pleased I took the chance, because the work in Chicago has been brilliant and I feel like I have grown so much since starting the project,” he added.
“The work has been really challenging, but that is exactly what I am looking for. I want to learn new things, and that’s exactly what I have been able to do.
“It’s amazing, so early on in my career to have the chance to test myself like this.”
Though not his first job, Martin had returned to university in his mid 20s, having originally pursued a career in engineering. Saggezza was his first break in the IT sector.
“I initially studied engineering but realised quite quickly that it wasn’t for me. Then a friend asked me if I could help to build a website for them and I said I would give it a go. I realised that I wanted to go into computing - I liked building software.”
When Martin graduated from the University of Sunderland, he came across a vacancy with Saggezza.
“I had opportunities with a range of businesses, but I always wanted to grow my career with my employer - to join a company where I could develop with them. Saggezza offered me that,” Martin explains.
“Saggezza has recognised the progress I have made and rewarded it. If you work hard at Saggezza, you progress and I think it’s the perfect place for someone who’s ambitious and hungry. That’s why I think I have been able to progress so quickly.
“I know I would never have been given the opportunities that have come my way at Saggezza if I joined anywhere else. It’s the perfect place to work if you want to work hard and be rewarded for it.”