Being a recent graduate from Plymouth University and since joining the ‘Dev’ team here at VUALTO, I have been asked to answer the question; “Why did you become a Developer?”. Given that I searched for a Developer role almost immediately after my final submission, there are numerous reasons why I sought out such a position, but I’ll limit my answer here to the biggest & best of the bunch.

With a Computer Science degree now sitting on my shelf, it is a good guess to say I love programming, but by itself that’s not enough reason to seek a career in it! My enjoyment of programming can be attributed to the underlying process; i.e. taking ownership of an issue, investigating it, and eventually producing a solution. This whole process is something I’ve found very rewarding, both at University and here at VUALTO, which is a really good reason to enter this field.

I have previously been asked “Why on earth did you become a Developer!?”, generally when people see the amount of head-scratching and sighing it can produce. Software development is a complicated field, and this process is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun! The atmosphere produced by working as a team, on the same product, to solve the same problem, is a very positive, friendly & cooperative one. When you couple this with the constant flow of new technologies and challenges, you end up with a continually fun and fresh day-to-day role – which is much better than your average and often repetitive 9-5 job!

An admittedly strange reason I sought to become a Developer was simply: to try it. Programming as a hobby or for study has a similar feel to it, but I knew software development would be vastly different. In fact, it’s becoming clear that the ways you can define a ‘developer’ are near-endless! This idea is incredibly exciting as I could begin a career working in C#, easily move into Java, and later end up working in interface design, project management, and much more! This is somewhat visible in the office itself, where you can find various background and experiences working alongside each other. For me, the ‘try-it’ attitude was to explore my future in an exciting way – so far so good!

Software development is not a simple field, but the complexity should excite you more than it scares you! The uniqueness of each project, and the variety in client also adds to the excitement. So far, whilst I’ve only worked on a single project (it has only been 12 weeks!), I’ve been able to work on a variety of components, learn an incredible amount, and really enjoy my entry into development. Overall, I’ve not seen a better work hard, play hard example yet – and I’ve been to University!