Learn how, Mark Hancock, a former Royal Marine now runs his own IT support business

When Mark Hancock’s career in the Royal Marines came to an abrupt end, it was a forces based charity that suggested he looked at a training course with BIT, in fact they even funded it for him.

Having completed the course, Mark landed a role with an Exeter based IT company on their Help Desk and it was at this point that he realized that a career in the Marines has a perfectly transferrable set of skills for the tech industry. It’s all about identifying a problem, stripping it back to basics and building it back up minus the problem. This is the reason why former military personnel seem well suited to a career in IT.

In 2018, Mark started his own IT support business called 2Technical and currently employs 8 staff. Like most people he agrees that the IT industry has an exciting future ahead of it, in fact he calls it a ‘forever growing industry’ that allows people within it to grow at the same rapid pace.

Mark also believes that what BIT courses deliver is something over and above a qualification. It’s hands on learning that is commercially led and it acts as a stepping stone to a career in the industry itself. It also helps that BIT are well connected within the industry to increase the opportunity of employment once courses are completed.

In fact, these days Mark views BIT as a resource pool that he can call on if required because he knows that the quality of people that it produces is of a premium. However, exciting the industry is right now, Mark still has no plans for an early retirement as there’s plenty of goals to reach and challenges to overcome.

Mark, 2 Technical Managing Director