Like many others after I finished university, I didn’t know what to do next… I had spent my whole life, in some capacity, studying and was unsure how to transition into the world of work.
I am now a Digital Futures graduate deployed as a Live Service Data Engineer in a large public sector department.
I entered university with a passion for solving analytical problems but little idea how to convert my mathematics degree into a career that I would enjoy. I knew I wanted to my line of work to be mentally stimulating and to have an impact on real people. After some soul searching, I decided to give a career in tech a try – I had limited experience in code but could see myself enjoying the challenges it presented.
When moving client side there was a lot of support from Digital Futures. The Engagement Team met with me multiple times to make sure I was settling in and that I was developing professionally. I am glad I’ve ended up in a live service role, I think it suits me really well. The cross-disciplinary nature of the job allows me to apply the software, data and cloud architectural skills I learnt in the Academy and to improve them. I get a lot of joy out of the variety of work I do – no two projects are ever that similar and I am always being forced to learn and improve. The team I work in is relatively small but we are responsible for an incomprehensibly large Data Warehouse (think Petabytes!). The attention I was given in my starting weeks and months helped me to feel comfortable navigating this system. The work I do in the public sector has a positive impact on the whole country and is something I can take pride in!
The decision to start a career in tech has been wonderful for me; I am learning new skills every day and solving interesting problems. It has met all my expectations of work and has me excited to start each day!