A Day In The Life Of... A Software Developer At Student Beans
Name: Hannah Pirie
Company: Student Beans
Job Title: Backend Developer
Uni subject: Computer Science at the University of Lincoln
What’s your morning routine like?
Up at 7am, blunder about for 45 minutes, out at 7:45am.
How do you commute to work and fill your time?
It’s a quick 15 minute walk to work for me, usually under an umbrella (thanks Manchester!).
What does the average day look like for you?
I’m a morning person, so I like to get started at 8am. My day always starts with a standup - a little message to my team to let them know what I’m working on and how it’s going. Most of my time is spent writing, testing and reviewing code, but there’s usually a meeting to plan and refine the next feature too.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
It’s hard to pick just one! I love any opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues and work out the best solution, whether that’s in a meeting or just a comment in a merge review. I work with some lovely and talented people, so it’s always rewarding to work together. It’s also great to socialise with colleagues at the monthly meals and socials - I’m still bitter I lost at GoKarting though!
What is your least favourite part of your role?
When you didn’t know about that outage last night and you walk into work like...
If money was no object what would you be?
A tapir handler! I absolutely love tapirs and my dream trip it to go to South America to do tapir conservation.
What was your favourite thing about uni?
This might be a controversial opinion, but I really enjoyed the group projects (even when that one person never did any work!). It was a great chance to be creative with solutions and bounce ideas around. I always learnt more from working as a team.
How’d your degree help you in your current role?
I had barely done any programming before my degree, so it gave me a great start. But by far the best part was my year in industry. I got to take a year out and work full time at a tech company. I learnt so much and started 3rd year with a job offer and a stronger passion for the industry.
What advice would you give to students?
Work little and often. It’s good to set your own deadlines and put time aside to get work done. Even though we’ve all done it, it’s never worth trying to cram in an essay the night before a deadline. And most importantly, DON’T CHANGE YOUR CODE AT THE LAST SECOND! Who knows what bugs you’re writing in the panic before a deadline!
What’s your advice to anyone wanting to be a Software developer
Passion and enthusiasm can make up for a lack of experience! If you throw yourself into it, you’ll learn quickly and people will love working with you.
If you’d like to work alongside Hannah at Student Beans, check out our current vacancies here!