Mastering a career change

27 July 2000

Woman in hard hat in front of industrial building

Woman in hard hat in front of industrial building

Emma-Jane Phillips graduated with an MSc in Information Technology in 1994.

Having been awarded a BA (Hons) in Education from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Emma-Jane decided to study for a Masters degree in Information Technology at Teesside. Her first job was a lectureship at Coventry University, successfully tutoring all her students in advanced software engineering. However, yearning for industrial experience, she moved on to GEC, London and then CompuServe. After a further brief spell with GEC, Emma-Jane was headhunted by Elementis (formerly British Chrome and Chemicals Ltd) at Eaglescliffe. The company, besides its UK plants, has operations throughout Europe, North America, the Far East, Australasia and South Africa. "I am the Business Systems Team Leader for the European Branch of the compagny. Surprisingly, the places I visit most are Northampton and Durham, but I suppose someone had to draw the short straw !" I enjoyed my time at Teesside. The data modelling and the systems analysis aspects of the course have been particularly useful to me. The teaching was good and I am particularly indebted to Dr Steve Green and Dave Eagle," says Emma-Jane.

Emma-Jane has achieved all this despite having dyslexia and hearing problems.