Turning your passion into a career is something many dream of, and for one young undergraduate it has become a reality.
Jack Griffiths has had an interest in software development from a young age, which made the decision easy when it came to choosing a career path.
The 20-year-old is studying Computer Science at Robert Gordon University. He is aiming to make his mark on the industry at Aberdeen based firm Codify, and is the newest placement student to join the support team at the company.
Jack’s logical nature and meticulous attention to detail has stood him in good stead already, and he is looking forward to continuing to balance his degree while he settles into the working world.
Jack, who attended Westhill Academy, officially became a member of the team five months ago. As part of his placement he works in the support team on a variety of tasks, depending on the needs and requirements of clients.
“On a day to day basis I respond to client requests for assistance and changes to their software to resolve any issues. So I am at the other end of the phone or email, ready to make any changes that they might need. My work here has really helped me practically.
“It is not like university, where it is quite theory based. The reality of applying it and being in the workplace is completely different. Working here allows me to put that into practice.”
Growing up, Jack would often watch his father, who founded Codify, when he worked at home, and credits this with sparking his interest in the industry.
“This has always been the kind of career I thought I would have wanted to go into. My dad did not push me with what I wanted to do, but supported me. When I was younger I did enjoy watching him code at home, so that has influenced me I am sure. However I think I would have ended up in this line of work no matter what, it is where my interests lie and what I really enjoy doing,” he said.
“When I was at school computing wasn’t automatically available as an advanced higher, but the school was able to arrange it. There are around 40 people on my course doing computer science, and when it comes to the university, the placement team is really good at supporting you, and reminding you that it is good to get on and do them.”
Looking ahead to the future, Jack is eager to build on the skills he is cultivating at Codify.
“In the long term I have yet to decide exactly what I would want to do in the field, but some sort of software development is what I intend to do. I am really happy with where I am at the moment and looking forward to the future.”