From graphic design to web development, Alex has done it all
‘I reduced my work hours and focused on learning how to code’
What’s your career journey been like up until now?
I had been a graphic designer for a few years and developed an interest in web development. I wanted to make a change in my career, so I reduced my work hours and focused on learning how to code. I stepped into my first dev role at Sky in December 2018.
What does a typical day working here look like for you?
Most of my work is split between the design software, the code editor and the browser. My tribe designs and develops some of the internal dashboards used here, so during the day I’ll have chats with different team members to see what data we need to show and then do our best to make it look pretty.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here?
I don’t have a top proudest moments list, but the best times are when I hear good feedback about a project I did.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job?
I love what I’m doing but if I have to choose a most enjoyable thing, it’s the feeling of satisfaction you get right after you’ve solved a coding problem you’d been struggling with.
Describe your work/life balance?
I work 5 days/week from Osterley, and commute from around 1 hour away. I split my evenings and weekends between family, a bit of learning, a bit of chilling or going out and sometimes I’ll go for nature walks.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career?
The best advice I can give is never stop being curious. I know it sounds a bit cliché but the way I see it, curiosity fuels the desire to learn, and that helps you progress
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?
My favourite sport is walking, the most I did in one day was 15 miles (same distance as from Sky Osterley to Canary Wharf), and I hope to break that record soon.