What kind of skills would you say are most important for the role of an App Developer?
That’s a really interesting question! Specific skills that I’d say are most important for the role would be things like teamwork, logic, problem-solving, and a good attitude to coding – those are all a must.
I also think having softer skills such as communication can be really beneficial (for example, I’m occasionally client-facing) but this isn’t as essential.
What have you recently been working on? Is there anything that you are most proud of or excited about?
Lots of stuff! I jump around our clients doing various bits and pieces. Most recently, I added a maintenance page feature to our apps, meaning that if a client wants to change any content or switch the app off temporarily, we can turn on the feature in the back end and have a ‘come back soon’ page display on the app.
I was involved with this from start to end which was really cool, and to see it live and see clients using the feature is really rewarding.
What’s the best bit about your job?
I’d say the most rewarding part of my job is when I’m stuck on a problem or I’ve been working on an issue for days, and I finally figure it out!
I also love the whole ecosystem within the team; I can literally turn around at my desk and talk to anyone, no matter the structure of job roles, and know I can ask for help and bounce ideas around.
In general, it’s just a great office culture, everyone’s so friendly and there’s a real sense of community.
And finally, what’s the best piece of advice you have for anyone looking to get into a similar role?
Give coding a go! You don’t need someone to teach you how to code, nor do you have to do anything fancy to get into the field.
Start off with the basics such as picking up a language like Python and get yourself familiar with coding. There’s plenty of documentation and resources online that you can find and go through at your own pace, and you can see what you think and if it’s going to be the right role for you. Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and learn something new!