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Lydia
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Software and IT at Rarely Impossible
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Q: What is your job and what does your typical day involve?

A: In a typical day I will communicate with the account managers over what the client needs for their apps, we get this information either through specifications or feedback. I then create the tasks to assign to our developers supplying as much information as possible to assure nothing is missed. From here I know what needs to be delivered and I make sure it is done on time, acting on any blockers that could prevent this. I also test each task assigned to make sure the need is met before our developers submit their code to be reviewed by our tech lead. After this I assist our testers in understanding what the main needs are as well as receiving feedback from any bugs which were found in the code. I also do a small bit of research into new technologies to help with our blog posts and to keep our authority in areas such as the Internet of Things.

Q: How did you decide that you wanted to be a part of your industry?

A: I have always enjoyed technology, at school one of my best subjects was ICT. This isn't much compared to what I do now however it did lead my onto the path of future technology development. I carried on with what I enjoyed then learnt the possibilities I have when I went to university. I studied Digital Media Design and Bournemouth University where I learnt to code websites, 3D mapping and learnt how to code with Arduinos and RasberryPIs. I didn't enjoy the coding as much as I enjoyed the industry and learning about what is happening right now. This lead me to get a Research and Testing internship which developed onto Delivery Management, in a digital industry.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your industry?

A: "I like that the industry is always changing, there are always new technologies out there. Driver-less cars, smart devices, sensors, contact-less payment methods, Virtual Reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence are just some of the new technologies currently branching out to the public. There is always something exciting happening."

Q: Since starting your job, what's your greatest achievement?

A: When I first started my new role of Delivery Manager my first task was to move our system that we currently used to manage tasks to a new one. I had to learn how it works, how we can bring everything over, how it can be used for different roles. This was quite stressful at first as I had to learn everything from scratch and move our entire team over to this new system in one go. Luckily it was successful and we are still using it.

Q: Where were you born, and what made you come to Bournemouth?

A: I was born in Southampton so I wasn't that far away from Bournemouth, I would always be down at the beach in the school holidays. I came to Bournemouth to go to university as Bournemouth University is really good for media. This was probably one of the best decisions I ever made, I learnt to be myself and manage my own tasks and work with others. It built my confidence which helped me to take on challenges instead of shy away form them. Having this confidence has allowed me to not be afraid of any tasks I need to undertake or accept a job.

Q: What do you remember about your first day at your job?

A: I always enjoy a first day of anything because it is new and you are there to understand and learn the new chapter of your life. My first day at my current job was similar, it was my first experience of working in an office in the technology industry. It is a lot more relaxed which helped to calm any nerves that I had. I learnt the goal of the business, set up any passwords and systems I needed to download, learnt other people's roles and had a crass course in what I would be doing. It was a nice day.

Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be?

A: I wanted to be an architect when I was younger. I was into drawing and designing landscapes and buildings, I didn't think much about it until my Auntie mentioned that I could be an architect if I enjoy this. I then went to an architect firm for work experience and learnt the everything connected to being an architect such as electrics, gas and building restrictions. This became less exciting to me and I found out that I could be in university for 7 years. From this I just carried on with what I enjoyed and then went to university which resulted in this job I currently have.

Q: When was the last time you learnt something new?

A: I'm always learning something new. When it comes to work I am always finding new challenges that I have to overcome.

Q: What was your first job?

A: My first job was a paper round I had when I was 13/14. After that I worked as a sales assistant at Wallis when I was 16 which was great as I received 25% discount at Arcadia Group, which includes Topshop and Miss Selfridge.

Q: How are your company's Christmas parties?

A: At the last Christmas party my company went to laser quest and then went out for a meal. I joined them for a meal as I wasn't very well so was not up for laser quest, but from chatting to everyone they seemed to have a good time.

Q: What was the best advice somebody gave you?

A: "I have received a lot of advice over the years, usually from friends or family. I think that what helps to keep my brain functioning is to have the healthy balance between work life and social life. Having one more than the other can become unhealthy for me, I usually have to think about what makes me happy first. A piece of advice which was given to me by my Dad has helped me with my work life. At the end of each day I spend 20 minutes going over what I have done, what I need to do, make sure nothing has been missed. This means that when I come in the next morning I know what I'm doing and I don't waste any time."

Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?

A: """Still Figuring It Out"" I am always working on what I enjoy, I sometimes think about where that could lead me but most of the times I figure it out as I go along."

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