From the police beat to a career in technology
Inspired to join the police by his family, taking the decision
to swap the beat for a career in technology has paid off for James
Buckley. Now a project manager for software specialist Codify, the
former police sergeant believes it is never too late to change
James credits his police background with helping him develop the
expertise he uses in day-to-day life at Codify and emphasises the
importance of being aware of your core skillset, and how it can be
transferred to other industries.
The 37-year-old had been looking towards leaving the police,
which prompted him to explore his future options.
He said: "My grandfather was in the police so from a young age I
wanted to be a policeman. When I was 18 I decided it was time to
join the force and I was with them until early last year. Changing
career path can be a daunting prospect but it does offer the
opportunity for change and personal development.
"I have always been interested in IT and attended a city
technical college which was very advanced and unique for that time.
I had studied computer science at Aberdeen University and taught
myself how to develop phone apps. I have always had a huge passion
for this and technology and joining the Codify team was a wonderful
opportunity for me."
Codify, established in 2000, builds custom software covering a
range of business applications which include logistics, health and
safety, recruitment and tool rental management. The company has
become established as a specialist in the oil and gas industry as
well as working in a number of other sectors.
James' day-to-day role involves leading clients through the life
cycle of their project and managing all work that Codify is
undertaking on their behalf.
He said: "Codify as a company is at the forefront of the
technology industry which is hugely exciting. The thrill for me is
that the technology is constantly changing, which brings both
excitement and challenges to my role.
"After 17 years in the police you think you are destined to be a
police officer forever. It is not until you start looking at your
core skillset and knowledge that you can take away from the
policing arena and bring into other sectors that you realise that
you can change and follow another path. I think this is relevant
for everyone and can be applied to the majority of industries."