Jenna Page graduated with a BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree from the University of Strathclyde and is now a technical analyst at J.P. Morgan
How did you get your job?
J.P. Morgan has always had a presence at my university through graduate fairs, guest speaker lectures and more recently a class. I attended a ‘Women in Technology’ dinner where I met like-minded women in the industry. They shared their experiences and what it is like to work for the company. I applied online and after several interviews, I was offered the job.
What’s a typical day like?
My team works using the Agile methodology so every day starts with a stand-up, where we share what we did yesterday, what we’ll be doing today and if we have any blockers or need any help. Then I continue through the rest of the day with pair/mob programming, code reviews and other Agile-related meetings such as retrospectives and sprint planning. I also have frequent meetings with my manager, mentors/mentees to discuss career plans, improvements and concerns.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love how I am constantly learning and encouraged to do so. There are so many training courses available and regular ways to allow everyone to try something that they are passionate about. I did a hackathon a couple of months ago whereby I had a substantial list of projects to choose from and joined a team of people I didn’t know. By the end of the day, I’d learnt a new skill and made new friends.
What are the challenges?
In university, whether working alone or in a team, the project would be started and finished. I wasn’t ever taught how to pick up a project that has been in production for a significant length of time, so it takes time to find the starting point and dive in. It’s so important to ask questions and keep focused. Luckily, our coding standards and others’ willingness to assist helps.
How has your role developed and what are your career ambitions?
Since joining the company as a graduate a year ago, I have used my strengths and found my place in the team as an all-round developer both back and front end with a strong focus on being a scrum master. I am constantly improving my technical skills and wish to stay within the tech industry.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to break into this sector?
Don’t be put off by the thought of sitting in front of a computer every day. It’s actually a very sociable environment and there are always fun things to do beside your actual job. There are always jobs available in this industry because of how in demand technology is. So why not start now?