Meet John Olegario.

Our newest grad John has enjoyed his first weeks at Inspiretec as a Junior Software Engineer. For him, software development is creativity in action.

What were you doing before you joined Inspiretec?

I recently graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in BSc Computer Science. I spent four years in academia and that included the industrial placement year where I was away from the university. I worked for an organisation on their IT/Development teams to learn about the industry firsthand and to prepare me for the real thing after I graduated. I also did web development related tasks in both university and the industrial placement which included full stack development of websites and apps.

I was also a STEM Ambassador for my previous employer during my placement year, involving regular visits to local primary schools and getting young technology enthusiasts to practise programming. For my university, I helped with open days, technological events and helped first-year students with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python and Java laboratory sessions. These activities have helped me to review the things that I have been learning and evolve my understanding of how companies are using technology in creating their products.

My university studies have prepared me well to reach this point of my career with a real industry experience. Academia was a roller coaster ride for me and I am ever so grateful for the fantastic opportunity Inspiretec has provided as I look to progress to the next stage of my career. I look forward to the next challenge as I practice, enhance and learn new skills with Inspiretec. Bring it on!

What do you enjoy about working in Cardiff?

I studied here for three years and now work here and can definitely say it’s an awesome place to live and work. Commuting to work is easy and only twenty mins away from the city centre by bus. It’s the capital city of Wales and yet it is compact in that getting to anywhere is walkable, you won't need tube trains. It has everything you need, from modern to vintage shops. Lots of places to visit and explore and it’s a door-step to the Welsh countryside. Also, an awesome nightlife, if socialising and partying is your thing.

What inspired you to explore a career in software development?

Coding, building software, building websites for me is a new form of expressing creativity. At the end of the day, I want to contribute to building software to automate and aid users on their activity and leave them with a fantastic experience. Being involved in software development for me is being able to express creativity through user interaction and the way that software evolves through that.

In addition, I wanted to be in an ever-evolving role. Software is impacting many lives as the world becomes more reliant on technology to process data or automate daily living. I believe I have chosen the perfect career to be part of this evolution.

What have you enjoyed in your first few weeks?

Everybody is so welcoming and nice. Even had a chance to have a chat with the CEO from the beginning to ask us how we are getting on. We are given time to learn things on our own. As time went by, I have been given important Canadian client tasks, which were challenging but support is always on stand-by if I get stuck on something. It’s a team that never leaves you behind and they are very determined to help you boosts your skills. I also love Wellbeing Wednesdays - free food every week! Ice-creams, sweets, cheese & crackers - I always look forward to what is in store for the next week.

How do you keep your technical knowledge/skills up to date?

I keep my skills up to date by constantly learning about new and emerging technologies in the news or at technological events. This keeps me commercially aware of how developments are being used in the industry. Of course, I am also learning things on my own by watching tutorials online using Pluralsight or LinkedIn Learning.

At the time that I am writing this, I am also in the middle of building my own personal website outside work to showcase all the things that I have been learning so far. The site will include information about me and a portfolio of my previous work.

Do you have any hobbies/how do you relax?

I like to go to watch the movies, play games console and cooking, too. I like gathering recipes online and attempt to cook them myself. Also, I travel to visit my hometown in Derby, England, from time to time to see my parents and yes, I do love travelling and go to places I haven’t been before. This time last year, I went to Santorini, Greece. It was beautiful. Philippines next year!

Apart from my career goals, I have been starting to embrace a healthy lifestyle and I schedule to go to the gym after work.