Philip, Graduate Software Developer, The Guardian

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    Philip

    Computer Science with Study in Continental Europe (MEng 2014)

    Graduate Software Developer, The Guardian

Since leaving Bristol…

I applied for the Guardian graduate scheme in January 2014. I was really lucky as it was the first job I applied for. I started in September 2014 and took on a permanent role as a Software Developer in September 2015. 

In my current job…

My work involves programming, cloud services, group project work with graduates from other departments. The best things about the job:

  • They employ a genuine approach of 'best tech for the job'. We use Scala, Elasticsearch, Node.js, Facebook React, Google AppEngine and a lot of AWS services. Anything is possible if you have a good justification.
  • Continuous deployment - you can deploy code as soon as it’s ready. I released to production in my first two days on the job! 
  • Teams are autonomous which means you take responsibility for your complete stack. Each team has an AWS account and can more or less do what they like with it, so you rarely get held up waiting for another team to do something.
  • Using Agile development - standups, post-it notes, Trello; Scala technology.
  • It's a very exciting time to join - we have offices in New York and Sydney, and readership (along with our Amazon web services bill) is growing all the time. The NSA coverage was huge, winning a Pulitzer Prize. Every morning the editorial staff meet to discuss the news for the day; it's really interesting and you can go along if you aren't too busy (I go once a week). Unlike the Times, Telegraph, Independent and Evening Standard, it’s an independent news organisation.
  • Most developers work from 10 - 6 (so you miss the rush hour) and you can do yoga/running/boxing/choir/language classes/band, etc., in your lunch hour.
  • There are many incredibly talented developers to learn from and a chance to move around teams. 

Having a UoB degree…

The Computer Science course at Bristol is brilliant. I got involved in political and environmental campaigning (through People & Planet, Bristol Left, Greenpeace, Bristol University Resistance) which was fun and kept me positive about life - always good in interviews. I also was on the committee for my JCR at Manor Hall and the Computer Science Society which gave me the chance to learn about putting on successful events.

Hints/tips…

Be interested! Read about the company you're applying for. Software developers are really lucky - we're spoilt for choice when it comes to jobs, so make sure you find something you enjoy; don't just take the first job a recruiter tells you about!