Want to learn more about our team and what it’s like to work at Bytemark? This post was the first in our ‘Meet the Team’ series – we’ve since spoken to Allan, our System Administrator too.
But first, let’s hear from Hannah, our Placement Year Student Turned Junior Developer!
Name: Hannah Pirie
Department: Moved between Product, Support and Networking
Job title: Placement Year Student
Random fact about you: I have a deep and unyielding love of GIPHS.
Also my dad grew up with Mark Addy, who played King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones!
In a nutshell, describe your role at Bytemark?
I’ve moved around departments a lot in my year here, so my experience has been pretty varied!
Whilst I was on Support, my main tasks involved helping customers through answering queries and solving any problems.
I have also spent several months as a developer in the Product Team, something which has been challenging but also very rewarding.
Next I’m heading over to the Networking Team, where I’ll be doing something completely new.
How did you end up in this career path?
At GCSE level, we had to start choosing what we wanted to do at University. To be honest, I didn’t really have much of an idea of what I wanted to specialise in at all.
What I really enjoyed generally was working with computers. So I really focused on that and decided “OK, I’ll do computer science”.
I love programming because it’s creative in a logical way. I’m not necessarily a traditionally creative person, but programming allows me to be imaginative.
I realised fairly quickly that in order to progress, I would need to develop a basic understanding of programming. I threw myself in right at the deep end and went for a week’s intensive session at a festival of code event, which was a great introduction.
I then went onto Lincoln University to study Computer Science.
Initially I didn’t really want to go to university, as the prospect of getting a job was much more interesting to me. I compromised though and decided that I could do both by incorporating a placement year into my degree.
What does a typical day look like for you?
At the moment I’m in my last few weeks as part of the Product Team, so I spend most of my day as a developer.
I usually get into the office and open my various tools. We start our day with a stand-up; sharing what we are working on and talking about any issues we are having.
I also spend some time in and out of meetings, which is a nice break from programming and provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with other team members.
What do you find most challenging/interesting about your work?
Rails is completely new to me. Most of what I previously did at university involved C# with other very basic level tools.
Rails is a big step up and has its own way of doing things, I’ve had to get used to a new library and language all at the same time.
I also had never really been in a meeting or a stand-up before coming to Bytemark, so I’ve had to get used to new ways of working in that sense too.
What is one skill you would like to learn in the next year?
I mainly need to learn to be a student again I guess! This could be quite challenging actually…
I have changed a lot in my time here at Bytemark. It’s been great to have more responsibility and work as part of larger teams around the company.
My next adventure with Bytemark before I leave is a move to the Networking Team, which I’m so excited about. I’ve never done anything in-depth regarding systems, even at university, so I’m really looking forward to getting that extra experience.
What do you like to do outside of work?
At University I played Rugby, so I can’t wait to get back to that.
I also love to travel. This year I have been saving up for a long trip up the West Coast of America, which should be amazing.
Back in the UK, I really enjoy visiting museums with my dad. I can’t wait to visit Bletchley Park, which will be like a pilgrimage!
What is your current favourite website?
Hipsum – Hipster ipsum. Thank me later.
Update: As we alluded to at the beginning of this post, Hannah has returned to Bytemark! After completing her final year of university, we were pleased for her to rejoin our Engineering team as a Junior Developer. If you’re looking for a new role, please visit careers.bytemark.co.uk for more information.