Robert Gordon University graduate Andrew Ayton has secured his first permanent job at the Aberdeen IT specialist where he was a placement student.

Andrew AytonAndrew has joined tycom as a software developer, having graduated from RGU with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Computing for Business and eCommerce.

tycom runs a successful student training scheme and Andrew undertook a placement as a software helpdesk assistant between his second and third years at university.

He then continued with project work at tycom during his third year and rejoined the helpdesk in his summer break, before working on the development of tycom's new e-competence Energy programme with the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Andrew was invited to join the team permanently when he graduated this summer and will be developing various types of software, including web applications.

He said he was delighted to be working full-time at tycom, which specialises in creating bespoke software and IT systems for individual organisations, delivering hardware solutions, technical support and project management.

"I enjoyed my time working on the software helpdesk and tycom has a pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff which was a big attraction too," said Andrew. "It was good to have a 'trial run' as a helpdesk assistant before I started so I knew what would be expected of me and what I could look forward to."

"I will be developing various types of software, including web applications, which is what my background is in. I will also be helping to maintain tycom's existing Windows-based software as well as developing new programmes and expanding our product portfolio."

Alistair Findlater, Managing Director of tycom, said Andrew was a welcome addition to the team at the company's headquarters on Queens Road, Aberdeen.

"We were pleased to be able to offer Andrew a permanent post with us as soon as he graduated. He made a great impression during his student placements and part-time work while he was at university so we are looking forward to working with Andrew and utilising his ideas and expertise to develop our range of software."

Andrew is originally from Newport-on-Tay in Fife and moved to Aberdeen to study at RGU, where he met his fiancée Lynsey.

During his time at university he was a student rep and was involved in the Student Association (RGU: UNION), serving as Undergraduate Officer in his final year and sitting on the Executive Board of the union as well as university committees.