Graduate - Ben Owen
Name: Ben Owen
Job title: Software Developer
Works at: Codify Ltd
Qualifications: Computer Science BSc Hons (1st)
What does your role involve?
I've been working as part of the Codify team since 2011,
initially with a year-long placement, and then working part-time
while I completed my studies at Robert Gordon University. I started
off in the support team on placement, which was a great learning
experience for me. It is at the forefront of the business and
involved handling calls and dealing with a wide range of queries
from clients. I moved to the projects team after my graduation in
2014. My main role day-to-day is to create new software systems and
add to or modify the functionality of existing software.
Best thing about your role?
The best thing about my role is without a doubt the challenge
and problem solving element. My work is so varied and you never
know what kind of problems or queries a client will come forward
with. It is incredibly satisfying when you are faced with an issue
you haven't come across before and you find a way to locate the
cause and fix it. I enjoy working with these kinds of technical
challenges and it is fantastic to create something that has the
capability to improve the customer's business.
The Codify team is also great, everyone was so welcoming from
the start and are always very encouraging. It was good to be given
responsibility straight away and get involved quickly.
Your job's biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is also the thing that keeps it
interesting - the rapid pace of change in the industry. Software
development as an industry is constantly fluctuating and evolving
but these factors mean the work is always different. This is great
because I enjoy the challenge of keeping on top of the latest
advances in the technology sector - and making sure clients are
benefitting from this too.
What's your dream?
My dream is to be the best I can and build on what I have
achieved at Codify already. Ultimately I would like to work towards
senior software developer and engineering lead roles.
Codify has put a lot of trust in me from the start and are very
supportive of my career. They have given me a great opportunity and
I am looking forward to furthering my development with them.
Best career advice?
I would advise people to enjoy what you do and always try
to believe in yourself. Seek out challenges and get out of your
comfort zone - always be prepared to try something new.
It is also important to listen to others, you never know what
you can learn from your colleagues so take their advice on