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‘For me there is no such thing as a typical day, other than having a daily morning stand up meeting!’
What’s your career journey been like up until now?
Having worked in Financial Services for over 13 years, 9 of which were in Fraud Prevention, I decided to take a career change and move into Recruitment for IT companies. Unfortunately this was not for me and so I ended up back in Financial Services, initially in an Admin role in which I took on the responsibility of Testing for my team during core business releases. This eventually led me to successfully applying for a role within the Testing team.
After nearly 2 years I decided to move into a different industry and secured a QA Analyst role with a software house that specialised in Local Government. After 2 years with them my role was abruptly made redundant and I immediately applied for a Test Analyst role that was being advertised at Sky. I had been keeping an eye on their careers page for some time as I had wanted to work here due to reputation and a genuine interest in the company, but the timing had never been quite right. I am now in my third month with the business and looking back over my career history, I feel that everything happens for a reason, and I am now exactly where I want to be.
What does a typical day working here look like for you?
For me there is no such thing as a typical day, other than having a daily morning stand up meeting! Every day is different, and this is why I like my job.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here?
Having only been here a short time, I am continuously learning every day. I was thrown in at the deep end a couple of weeks ago to test for a release due early the following day, but the deployment to the test environment was not ready to be tested until out of hours, so offered to do this from home. It was an excellent learning experience for me to better understand the project my team and I are working on, but more importantly, I got the job done!
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job?
The people! Everyone has been really welcoming and helpful. It’s really difficult moving from a job/industry that you know inside out to a new job you know nothing about! The people have made this transition so much easier.
Describe your work/life balance?
Work/life balance is so important, and it is clear the business are extremely flexible to accommodate this. As I am new I think it is important to work with colleagues rather than alone, however the flexibility to work the times that suit me is fantastic, as well as the option to work from home should I want to.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career?
If someone asked me 6 years ago where I saw my career going, I would have NEVER said Information Technology. So, take opportunities that work and are of interest to you, and don’t doubt your own capabilities.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?
I was born right handed, but due to an injury at the age of four I had to exercise my fingers by writing with my left hand, and am now 100% left handed!