How would you describe your role, department and the types of projects you work on?
I am software engineer, part of the Internal Software Engineering team at the BBC in London. My job is to help to develop custom web apps that can be used by the BBC’s 35,000 employees worldwide.
What does a typical working day look like?
I am a flexible worker that works remotely three times a week and twice in-house at the BBC Broadcast Centre in White City. My usual routine involves continuing to develop web apps I started from scratch, or implementing new features and fixing bugs on already existing apps. I usually work on two or three big projects at once, and juggle between them throughout the week.
How did you land your current job?
This is my first proper job in tech and I became a software engineer by teaching myself coding religiously for the past two years. I didn’t have many professional projects to show in my portfolio before this job, so I believe what gave me an edge over other candidates is perhaps the fact that I’m self-taught – it showed my commitment, capacity to learn autonomously and resilience required for this career. I also think coming from a creative background – with includes passion projects such as the games, arts and music made with creative coding that I do with different languages – might have appealed to them too. They weren’t fully polished projects, but I think that, when you are first starting, what an employer wants to see is your interest in the field and the ability to experiment with and learn new technologies.