What was your first job role at Schoolcomms? And today?
My first job role was a Junior Software Developer which after a year grew into a Mid Software Developer role.
How long have you worked at Schoolcomms?
I started working at Schoolcomms after graduating from Brighton University in July 2016 with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science.
What made you apply for a job at Schoolcomms?
I applied for a job at Schoolcomms because I was interested in pursuing a career as a developer. I was undecided whether I wanted to build web or mobile applications, luckily I had the opportunity to do both here! Schoolcomms also puts a huge focus on development and learning, so I knew this would be a great place to start my career.
Describe your first week at Schoolcomms
My first week at Schoolcomms was setting up my development environment on my Mac and Windows VM and then for a short while I shadowed a developer who was working on some project work before starting on some development myself.
What’s it like working in Worthing?
Working in Worthing definitely has its perks. We’re located right next to the main town so it means you have great access to restaurants/shops/banks during your lunch break. It’s also located right near the beach which is where you’ll find me sunbathing if the weather is warm and sunny!
What would a normal working day look like for you?
A normal working day for me would be developing new projects or enhancing existing applications by adding improved functionality. It also involves writing unit tests, testing and deploying applications.
What training and development opportunities have you been able to take advantage of since being at Schoolcomms?
As a developer, we have access to thousands of online tutorials on our own Pluralsight accounts. This is a great place to learn best practices or new technologies both in work and in your own time.
What has most surprised you about your role at Schoolcomms?
What surprised me is how far I’ve come as a developer. One of the benefits of being a developer at Schoolcomms is that everyone is treated equally so the junior developers work on the same projects as the senior developers and in doing so I’ve been able to grow and learn from the rest of the team.
Any advice for someone wanting to join your team?
My advice would be don’t be afraid to ask for help, we’re a friendly team and want you to progress and learn as much as you do!
In your opinion, what makes Schoolcomms a unique place to work?
Schoolcomms is a really friendly and welcoming environment to work in, you’ll get to know everyone and we all get on really well with each other. We all work together as a team trying to help everyone else be the best they can be.
Is there anything that you’re particularly proud of that you’ve achieved since being at Schoolcomms?
I’ve worked on many projects during my time here, one of my recent achievements was developing attendance and reporting functionality into our clubs application which is used by hundreds of schools across the country.
Perks of the job?
One of the perks of the job are the work events we have. We tend to have around 6 of these team building events a year and in the past these have ranged from laser quest to cocktail making!
We’re also a very sociable office who tend to meet up after work for a few drinks and we have the occasional video games night!