This blog post is part of the behind the scenes at breatheHR campaign, giving you an insight into the people and the minds behind the online HR system that simplifies and automates people management.
1. Tell us about the company you work for and your role
I work for breatheHR as a software developer.
2. What excites you most about the work you do?
The thing I like most about working with breathe is that I know there are going to be lots of users actually using the code that I write. It gives me an opportunity to get feedback from non-developers, and not just come at it from the software engineers perspective.
3. What makes you happy at work?
Writing new features!
4. What qualities do you look for most in an employer/company to work for?
For me it’s all about finding somewhere that I can get along with all the people that I work with.
5. Tell us about a challenge you’ve faced at work and how you overcame it
I had some issues dealing with git conflicts after doing a rails 4 upgrade. The issue was solved by programmatically working through the issues one by one, and in the end it turned out to be a lot less scary than it seemed at first.
6. Other than the one you work for, which other businesses are you influenced/excited by?
I closely follow We Got Coders: the agency that I trained with to get to become a software developer. I like how they are actively taking people with an interest in web development and turning them out into mid-level developer jobs.
7. What would other people say is your biggest strength?
Finding simple, user-friendly solutions to problems (mainly coding problems).
8. What did you always want to do when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a professional session guitarist, which I did for several years before realising it wasn’t what I’d expected it to be.
9. What one business application/piece of software could you not live without?
10. If you could work with one famous person who would it be and why?
Probably DHH (thats Ruby on Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson) even though he’d probably do my head in.