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Stuart Livingston, 25, who lives in Cardonald, studies HND Computing Technical Support at our Cumbernauld Campus.

He took home bronze medals in Network Systems Administrator from the WorldSkills UK events in Birmingham in both November 2015 and November 2016.

I chose to study at New College Lanarkshire because I completed an IT Systems Support Technician course in 2008 and enjoyed it, so I decided to come back as it is close to everything and doesn't involve too much travelling. Also, because there were only around 40 students per course, I felt it would make the learning experience better as the lecturers could spend more time with each person in the class.

I looked at a few different colleges after completing my HNC in Computing at Kirkintilloch Campus, but whereas most other colleges focused on programming, I decided to do the HND Computing Technical Support because the networking side as well as the technical support parts appealed to me.

I honestly liked everything about the course, but the part that sticks out most was the challenges it brought: some you could solve on your own, but with others it brought the class together. For example, the graded unit required a lot of study and research but it was great to bounce ideas off other classmates and get their opinions.

The most important lessons I have learned are the value of patience and teamworking skills. The course was not something you could do as fast as you can on your own – that taught me to be patient and work with others better than I did before I started the course.

My personal highpoints have to be the times I competed in WorldSkills UK. The first time was in 2015 when I came third in the national final of the Network Systems Administrator competition at the NEC in Brimingham, and then again in 2016 when I came first in the regional heat.

The support you get from the lecturing staff is brilliant – they will help you achieve your best and more. They helped me push past my limits and win two bronze medals at WorldSkills. I know I couldn't have done it without their support.

If anyone is thinking about doing a similar course, my advice would be to go for it, be yourself and excel at it, but mostly make sure that you are doing something you want to – something you enjoy, not what others want you to do.

In ten years’ time, I would like to be in a systems administrator or network administrator role in a company.

My dream job would be a network administrator at a large computing company such as HP or Oracle, working in their data centres.