Case study

Graduate software engineer — Latir Cole-Etti

Latir studied BEng Software Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. After graduating with a first class honours he now works as a graduate software engineer at Eurostar

How did you get your job at Eurostar?

I applied through LinkedIn and completed a technical task that Eurostar set. I then went on-site to complete three interviews and a technical presentation. Once you've done that, they decide if you are a good fit for the Eurostar family.

What's a typical day like?

A typical day involves a daily 'stand-up' involving the project team, where everyone is updated with the status of current projects. It's usually a quick, high-level and informative meeting that keeps you clued up on the goings on of the team.

After that it's a day of developing on the project you are a part of. The atmosphere on the floor is relaxed and colleagues are willing to help you with a query or piece of code.

The role of a software engineer working in a SCRUM team is to complete development tickets to a high quality and standard.

What do you enjoy about your job?

The floor is never short of pair programming, which is helpful for someone straight out of university like myself and the environment encourages learning and personal development.

Eurostar is a multi-cultural company and this is reflected by the international floor we have, made up of people from different backgrounds.

I think it's one of the reasons I enjoy working here, as not only am I learning new technologies and skills, but I'm doing it in a multi-cultural environment.

What are the challenges?

Instead of working in small teams like at university you work in larger development teams where roles are more defined. This allows you to find out what you enjoy and where you would like your career to go.

In what way is your degree relevant?

My degree has given me a logical base and way of thinking, which has been invaluable to me at Eurostar. It's helped me to find my feet in the role quickly and will help me progress throughout my career, which will probably see me use many different iterations of development technology and tools.

How has your role developed?

I've experienced a lot during my time at Eurostar and I've developed into a full and impactful member of project teams. I provide insight and input, which is looked at seriously and isn't dismissed because I'm a graduate.

How do I get a job at Eurostar?

It's a good idea to make sure you have a technical knowledge base, preferably using Java or Javascript.

Soft skills are also important. Being able to work as part of a team and to contribute to team discussions is essential.

Apart from that, be yourself. Eurostar looks for people who can make a positive impact on the floor.

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