Pfft! You wait for ages, then, like number nine buses, three new Code String starters come along at the same time.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. We’ve had a steady influx of new people over the past year but have yet to tell you all those stories. Keep an eye on this space.
These three newbies are all part of the software testing or development teams. In purely alphabetical order, we have Clive, Dylan and Jake (that’s them, left to right, above). Welcome!
Clive has been an apprentice for a few months now. In fact, he was our first in-house apprentice. He says he studies at South Leicestershire and Warwickshire College one day a week, but we haven’t really noticed him being absent from his Code String desk. Seems he doesn’t always have to go!
Previously Clive worked long hours and shifts as a warehouse manager. In contrast, he claims that a mere eight-hour day at Code String is the stuff of dreams. Importantly, shorter days allow him much more family time, which is a good thing. Let’s skip quickly past his undying support for Chelsea Football Club and talk about Clive’s love of motorcycles. Currently, he no longer owns one, but plans to put that right very soon.
Dylan holds the position of Junior Developer. We’ve noticed that he is ambitious and determined to add to his experience in back-end coding to become a ‘full stack’ developer (that’s back-end and front-end). There’s more than a passing hint of science and technology in his life outside work too. Dylan is a huge music fan with his own studio at home, rammed with audio equipment and a fine collection of vinyl – a passion he shares with me.
Dylan’s other passion is theoretical physics. As a hobbyist physicist, he likes to investigate the theories of particle physics and quantum states. That has to be unique, even among the eclectic mix of fascinating and creative individuals at Code String!
Jake is our apprentice software tester. Strangely, his job is to try and break things. It’s certainly different from his previous roles in an office, a warehouse and even a call centre. Luckily for him and us, he has always been intrigued by software and enjoys the intellectual challenge of testing while logging what he did to test it – specifically, what he did to break something, so that our development team can replicate the procedure and fix it.
Outside of work, Jake is a passionate Leicester City Football Club supporter who likes to remind everyone that the Premier League team (local to us here in Market Harborough) won the league championship in 2016. He has been a season ticket holder at the King Power Stadium for 13 years (more than 60% of his life) and travels to watch the team play every weekend.