We are continuing our Sector Spotlight series on the IT and Communication industry and we now hear from Garry Peace, a Software Developer (Products) at Kyloe.
Garry started his studies at Orkney College after leaving school, achieving his HND. He then worked in various jobs before going back to college to get his degree in Computing Science, after which he started working at Kyloe, initially as an SQL Developer before moving into his current role.
Can you describe a typical day in your role as Software Developer, Product?
Every morning I join a team call to talk over what needs to be done, and what we have achieved the previous day. Most of the day is spent making improvements to existing functionality and developing new features for the products that Kyloe offer. Other things include checking in with team members to help them review their changes and vice versa.
How did you end up in this role?
I started off at Orkney College when I was 15, studying until I completed my HND. At that time I got a job in a shop and was happy enough just working and enjoying my free time. I worked at a few different places for six or so years, mostly the Co-op, before deciding to go back to College and finish my degree. Once I got my degree in Computing Science I applied for a position at Kyloe. I was initially a SQL Developer in the Data Team doing data migrations but switched over to the Software Development team for Kyloe products.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is having the freedom and ability to express my creativity by coming up with solutions to problems that could be solved in multiple different ways. I also really enjoy working with a small team and discussing ideas together. I love learning so it is always interesting when someone has a different view of something.
What is the worst thing about your job?
I wouldn’t say it is a bad thing, but it is a challenge to be aware of where to draw the line between perfection and delivering on time. It is easy to spend a lot of time working on the best solution but Kyloe are constantly aware of new features that could benefit the client, so we have to focus on getting this work shipped out and ready for use.
What skills do you need to undertake your role?
One important skill to have is the confidence to speak up and ask questions, if you don’t understand or want to know more, or have an idea for how to improve something. This would come with good verbal or written communication skills and getting to know the team you are working with.
What qualifications do you have?
BSc. Computing Science from Orkney College.
Would you recommend this job to young people, if so why?
Having spent years in retail doing the same routine every day, I appreciate the new challenges that this job brings. Every day is different, and it is a refreshing and rewarding job. Having the option to work from home is also a bonus. I would definitely recommend considering a job in this industry!
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