Case study

Applications developer — David Mortiboy

David landed the role of Applications Developer with META Search Experts in July 2017, shortly after graduating with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Hull

How did you get your job?

I started looking for a job earlier than most, in the February before I graduated, because I wanted to get ahead of my peers and didn't want the stress of job hunting during exam time. While researching companies in the area I found META, who left me with a great first impression at my interview. They were happy to let me choose a time that was right for me to start work.

What's a typical day like as an applications developer?

As one of the core developers in the company, I have a lot of responsibility and get to work on something different most days. This means I'm always learning - whether that's getting to grips with modern programming languages, technologies or frameworks. I look after ongoing projects for both in-house and client use, such as developing rich web applications and building automated tools and packages to assist in other areas of the business, such as SEO and marketing.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Meeting with clients and developing apps that are adding value to their businesses drives me to work harder, because I know I'm making a real difference. The agile methods we practise as a team - such as peer reviews, daily stand-ups to discuss our progress, and Kanban boards to visualise our workflow - make overcoming problems much easier and have helped me grow as a developer.

What are the challenges?

Working in computing means I have to stay up-to-date with the most recent advances in technology. The rapid pace of growth in the industry means I'm pushed harder every day to stay on top of things. However, I have a great support network around me - my teammates are always willing to help me when I need it.

In what way is your degree relevant?

Computer Science is the most relevant subject you can study if you'd like to work in applications development. My degree has not only taught me the fundamentals of programming, but has given me the ability to think logically and solve problems analytically.

How has your role developed? What are your career ambitions?

Since working at META, I have already spoken with a number of different clients and taken ownership of a couple of projects. I'm attending a conference soon where I'll have the chance to network with experts in the applications development field.

My current ambition is to lead a team of developers myself, offering them the same high level of support I've been lucky to receive.

How do I get a job in applications development?

My advice for anyone wanting to get into applications development would be to put yourself out there. Make a website and add examples of your work to it - the biggest factor in me getting noticed was having a portfolio readily available for employers to see.

You may also want to get involved in some non-work-related activities or hobbies - this proves you're a well-rounded person who has a lot of skills to bring to the table to potential employers.

Lastly, don't be afraid to show your passion for starting a career in the industry - employers are always looking to recruit workers who enjoy what they do.

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