James has been with us for 12 years, read his story here
‘I was given work that continually challenged me whilst constantly having the support I required to improve’
How long have you worked at Sky?
How many roles have you had since you’ve been at Sky?
What’s your top tip or advice for someone looking to develop their career?
Find a company that you enjoy working for. Never settle for standing still as there is always room to improve.
Who has inspired you most in your career and why?
Kev O’Neill was a Test Manager at sky who has had a big impact on my career. I still remember first coming into IT and seeing the respect he had from colleagues, and the knowledge he had of the department and processes was something that I continually try to aspire to.
What’s the most useful bit of feedback you’ve received?
A few years after joining test I had a conversation with my manager who advised me they felt I was no longer one of their go to testers. I had hit a bit of a rut and this comment gave me the motivation I needed to get myself going again. Whenever I am struggling to motivate myself I think of that moment and the way it made me feel and it re-energises me.
Tell us about a manager who’s really supported your development and how they did this?
When first moving into a Test role I came across a fantastic manager called Barbara. She gave me the tools I needed to learn how to test and gave me confidence that I could become a test analyst. I was given work that continually challenged me whilst constantly having the support I required to improve. Having a manager that can make you tick is a key ingredient to having a successful career.