What’s your job title?
Junior Software Developer
What do you actually do?
My primary focus is building the backend of Japeto. I spend my days coding in Java (with a bit of Python), as I work to develop and refine the backend infrastructure for our applications. This includes designing and working with databases, as well as developing the business logic that powers our apps.
What’s your journey getting here been like?
Prior to my job as a code wrangler, I spent 10 years in the music industry as a recording engineer, working with whole host of clients to produce music, as well as audiobooks and podcasts. This came to a natural end last year, so with the support of my friends and family, I decided to retrain as a Software Developer.
To kick-start this journey, I enrolled in a 3-month intensive software bootcamp offered by QA Ltd. Our final project on the course was to build a Java/Spring Boot API, which ultimately led me to pursue roles using that specific tech stack. I landed a position at Fintek in January 2023 and have been enjoying every moment since! It’s been a rewarding journey, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone considering a career change.
When not at work, you can be found…
Playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or binging subscription telly (Peaky Blinders, Succession or Ted Lasso at the mo)! If I’m feeling more wholesome, I’ll generally be either hiking, learning fingerstyle guitar, or sampling some of the finest South London cuisine.
What topic in chatbot technology do you care a lot about and why?
I’m super interested in safeguarding surrounding chatbot technology. Chatbots and AI are here to stay and someone has to stop them from becoming sentient beings!
What was your last impulse buy?
One of them massage gun things. It really is a game changer for those post exercise aches and/or pains!
What is your favourite thing to do in the summertime?
At the risk of sounding very generic, I’d go with picnic and beers in the park with friends.
What is one of your nicknames?
Cod – like the fish! It’s the first part of my surname and has been handed down through the generations. Noone really calls me it thesedays apart from school friends, which is probably for the best…
What is your go-to lazy dinner?
Roast stuff (mushrooms, aubergine, onion, garlic, chickpeas, halloumi, whatevers in the fridge), plus lots of spice (coriander, paprika, cumin, harissa, etc.), plus tahini sauce all wrapped up in a khobez flatbread.