Our weekly series that speaks to members of Redgates Product Development teams.
This week we went down under and back again to catch up with our relatively new joiner Stephen Jones on how Redgate has been treating him.
- Your name and role
Stephen Jones — Software Engineer
- How long have you done this, what did you do before?
Just completed my 3rd week, previously I spent 8 years working as a Senior Developer at Norwich and Peterborough (N&P) / Yorkshire Building Society which ended up with me working on a number of different projects which were a mix of web applications, report creating systems and the odd program, mostly for the business to use internally or reports for the FCA.
- How did you become a software engineer?
I started programming in Primary school as a kid and self-taught myself from there, I did three years of a Business & IT course validated via Anglia Ruskin University and haven’t stopped learning ever since.
- What sort of things did you do to prepare you for the role?
I was already doing programming as my day to day job (plus a bit at home) and as my last place was making the IT department redundant, and others left before me, I’d heard of some of the different things places asked candidates to do (technical questions, code puzzles on whiteboards, paper based tests, pair programming exercises; to name a few) after having had a few technical interviews at other places, I took on board the feedback & built up my interview confidence (8 years of being in the same job made me rusty).
- Did you always know you wanted to become a software engineer?
Originally I wanted to work with animals in a zoo or something, think even at one point I wanted to be a dolphin trainer, but as the web was getting more and more popular I took more of an interest and switched track.
- What’s the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning?
Learning new stuff and solving puzzles that come up due to the nature of programming and bugs but most of all it’s working with other people in a team to try and solve a problem that will ultimately help to make someone else’s life easier (hopefully)
- What’s the thing that makes you want to put the alarm on snooze?
My Google home doesn’t really let me snooze it, as it starts playing a wake up playlist straight away, but the A14 traffic makes me wish I could.
- What one piece of advice would you give to someone seeking to do your role?
Be prepared to learn new stuff and not understand it straight away, sometimes you need a bit more knowledge of other things before you have the “Eureka moment” when it all comes together.
- Best advice to give to someone looking to join Redgate?
Don’t be afraid to apply for a job, I didn’t think I was good enough to join so didn’t even apply 8 years ago when I’d previously changed jobs and nearly didn’t this time round — was only by luck a recruiter suggested I give Redgate a try, which I didn’t think I’d get, and in the end got the job.
- Where do you see Redgate in 5 years’ time?
Hopefully still delivering Ingeniously Simple applications to customers, having used the products in most of my past Dev roles I’ve always appreciated what they can do (and miss them when companies don’t have them)
- What’s the motto you live by?
Be nice to others — I don’t see why people can’t be nice to other, kindness costs you nothing and might make someone else’s day better.
- Describe what Ingeniously Simple means to you.
Sometimes the most difficult problems can be solved with the simplest of answers — Space Pen vs Pencil springs to mind.