Meet Adem. Adem was the first in his family to go to university and made the most out of his time at Herts. He has since become the first Turk to receive fellowships from both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society.
|Current job role||Chief Solutions Architect and Technologist for Cloud Services at Turkcell|
|Year of graduation||2018|
|Course of study||BSc (Hons) Computer Science|
Making the most out of the opportunity
Adem was drawn to Herts because of its strong reputation for technical education and, as he describes, ‘its location in the heart of the UK’s tech industry.’ He was the first in his family to go to university and he was inspired to get the most out of the opportunity.
Adem is now the Chief Solutions Architect and Technologist for Cloud Services at Turkcell, Turkey’s leading telecoms company, and he believes his time at Herts helped shaped his career in several ways. Adem says, ‘The University provided me with a strong foundation in computing and software. It also gave me opportunities to develop my skills in a supportive environment and I could always seek guidance from tutors and advisors whenever I needed to. There was an emphasis on practical, hands-on learning, which was hugely valuable.’
During his studies, Adem took part in many extracurricular activities, which included joining the Hertfordshire Students’ Union’s Computing Society where he helped organise events and coding competitions and attended guest lectures. He was also involved in the Student Industrial Society, which gave him experience in project management and working with a team.
Adem says, ‘Getting involved in extracurricular activities whilst juggling work and my studies required a lot of determination and a commitment to succeed. As a result, I developed crucial time management skills and self-discipline, which have contributed to my career success so far.’
Becoming respected in the industry
Since leaving Herts, Adem’s career has gone from strength to strength. He is highly respected in the industry having received several professional designations, including fellowships for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS). He is the first Turk to receive a fellowship from both IET and BCS.
Prior to joining Turkcell, Adem spent over eight years with IBM as a Solutions Architect and Technical Lead for businesses in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. In that role, he led numerous companies through their digital transformation journeys and gave workshops to global enterprises, helping them reimagine their businesses.
Adem is also keen to give back and mentor other IT professionals, and he serves as a mentor for the BCS Career Mentoring Network. He is also a columnist for BCS and writes pieces for ITNOW magazine.