- What is your job role at Science Warehouse?
My role at Science Warehouse is Software Engineer and I am responsible for security within the eCatalogue team. Each engineering team has one member responsible for the security aspects of any projects we are currently working on.
- Describe an average day at work including any projects you are working on at the moment
We usually have a stand-up meeting first thing in the day; I get into the office a bit earlier to get ready for the meeting. After the stand-up meeting, I have an informal catch up with the team in the kitchen whilst preparing a cup of tea. Then I am ready to be focused at my computer and work on my tasks.
Most of the time I will continue with whatever I was working on the day before. I check if there is any pending code to review or anything else that requires my attention before starting another story. If I fancy a break from design and programming tasks, I will write documentation or attend various meetings.
- What is your favourite thing about your career?
The best thing about my career is that Software Development is in continuous evolution. Everything moves so fast; new programming languages, algorithms, frameworks, architectures etc. Everything changes every day. This keeps me motivated, alert and always looking for a better solution. However, this can be stressful. Whatever you master today, it will be out of date tomorrow.
- What did you do before joining Science Warehouse?
I have been working as a Software Engineer for several years now. Before joining Science Warehouse, I was working in BAE Systems AI in a similar role. Before that, I was working in Spain at an electronic voting company (Scytl) in Barcelona. It was there where I started to be interested in living abroad. I envied my foreign colleagues, so my partner and I decided to take that step. So far so good!
- What motivates you to work hard?
I like the fact that my work impacts the success of the company. It’s a good feeling to see how something that you have been working on helps the company to grow. These kind of challenges motivate me a lot.
- What did you want to be when you were younger?
I always wanted to be a doctor or an engineer. I was very interested in the human body and diseases but I also wondered how things such as cars or computers worked. As soon as I got my first computer and I was able to start using it, I realised that I wanted to work with computers. It allowed me to create new things (programs or web pages) from home.
- What is your proudest accomplishment?
Living abroad was a dream for me. Now, after 4 years living in Leeds, I can say that that dreams come true! It was a very tough decision to make but I’m very proud of it.
- Do you have any party tricks?
Sorry, I don’t have any.
- If you could go on a £1,000,000 shopping spree, what would you buy?
I would go to a travel agency and spend a million pounds on trips around the world.
- What is your motto?
If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.
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