Carl Garner

Carl studied at Wilberforce between 1999 and 2001. After completing his A-levels, he followed his passion for computers and now works for Ubisys as Support, Applications and Systems Developer.

Studied at Wilberforce: 1999 – 2001

WHAT DID YOU STUDY WHILE AT WILBERFORCE?

A-Level Chemistry, Physics, Maths and GCSE Photography (I got the first A gained in the subject so I was told at the time)

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE WILBERFORCE COLLEGE AS YOUR NEXT STEP?

At the time I applied, the choice for me was between Hull College and Wilberforce – it was a no contest option as back then, A-Levels were more valuable then BTEC or GNVQ. A-Levels were also the preferred qualification for going students wanting to go to University, which I wanted to do.

FONDEST MEMORY OF COLLEGE?

Having our General Studies tutor read back examiner comments from the mock exam and thinking, I got that one right! The comments were along the lines of “out of ~400 students, only 10 knew who William Wilberforce was and what he’s known for when they all attend a college named after him”

DID YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CAREER IN MIND OR WAS IT AN IDEA THAT EVOLVED FROM COLLEGE?

I’d always wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, pursuing a career in chemical engineering. This all changed when I received my results which were due to poor health (I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 months before my exams, but had suffered growing problems for several months prior to diagnosis). It was when I received my results that I decided chemical engineering wasn’t going to get me to where I wanted to be, so I went for my lifelong passion; computers.

WHAT DID YOU DO AFTER COLLEGE?

With my disappointing results, I fought for a place at the University of Hull on the degree course Internet Computing. I was accepted and spent four years studying there. After the degree, I spent six months working for Yates before taking my first computing related post; IT Support at York College. From here I went into applications development at FrogTrade, then OSMIS and now to where I am as Support, Applications and Systems Developer at Ubisys.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS TIME, CAREER WISE?

In 10 years time, the aspiration is to have migrated from software development into systems administration, ideally at a large hosting centre or ISP.

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND WILBERFORCE TO OTHER STUDENTS, AND WHY?

Wilberforce always had an open, friendly atmosphere and I doubt that anything has changed. You were always guided and supported when you were in need, and never forced to do something you didn’t want to do.

WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?

Sadly, no longer with us, H Kubicki, taught me everything I know about black and white film photography. The photography GCSE at the time was described as “arty-farty”, but despite this, he helped me use my technical interests to fulfil the course requirements, subsequently earning me the A grade. He was a great inspiration to everyone in his classes (both photography and chemistry), cursing everyone who’d refer to him as “Henry” and always refusing to tell us his real name because it was “too complicated to pronounce”.