Making the Switch to Sales
Deciding your career at the age of 18 can be a daunting task but
choosing a particular degree doesn't have to limit your future
prospects. Armed with my degree, I've be able to experience a
number of different job roles during my 4 years at
In 2010 I completed my honours degree in Computing for Graphics
and Animation and joined Codify as a C# Software Developer.
Throughout Uni I had developed in a few different languages, like
Flash Action Script, Java and C++, but I had never created any C#
applications. Taking on a new development language was quite a
change but I like a challenge and I had support from the great team
After spending a few months in the projects team getting to know
our style and building a C# foundation, I moved into the support
team. Working in support I got to know our clients and their
applications well and I really enjoyed working on something
different every day.
As the support team grew I was given the opportunity to
experience projects again… but not for long. Codify began looking
for a new Sales Engineer as Katherine's sales team was looking to
expand. I was approached by Katherine, much to Lisa's dismay, with
offers of company phones and client networking. Of course sales
isn't just networking dinners and business breakfasts and I'm not
that fickle. I got stuck into proposals, meetings and mock-ups in
no time. It was great to experience being the first point of
contact, chatting to our clients and establishing what they need.
Having a programming background gave me an excellent advantage in
understanding what we could do and envisioning the system
I have always enjoyed doing a little bit of everything. In sales
I still do some programming and UI design; keeping myself
up-to-date with our client's applications when new projects are
released. And when I get those, "I'm wondering if you can help me.
I'm looking for an application that…" calls, I can say yes, I can
So a few months in and I am loving my new role, even if I do
occasionally have to get up at 6am to drive to a business breakfast
at the AECC. An unlikely change from software developer to sales
engineer, I know, but what would life be without variety.
Codify have encouraged me to follow the career path that I
wanted to. They have helped me to build on what I learned at
University and while on placement, and adapted my job role to suit
my personality and what I enjoy. There are plenty of opportunities
out there for those looking for a career in IT, you don't need to
stick to the typical software developer role if it's not the job
There are a wide variety of roles available at Codify from
Project Managers, to Business Analysts which all benefit from
experience in software development, the tricky part is finding the
right one for you.