Bobby Moss joined BT on their Graduate Programme in 2013. We find out how his life has changed in the last three years.
Choosing the BT Graduate Programme
It can be tough to get the exact job you’re after when you complete your degree, particularly if you’ve not had the chance to gain much industry experience. Even if your overall plan is to move on to a smaller start-up or pursue your own business idea, a graduate scheme provides a sound bedrock of experience to build on. I chose the BT Graduate Programme as the company maintains products at a massive scale, offers an extensive training programme and provides fantastic networking opportunities.
Knowing I wanted to pursue a career in software development, I studied BSc (Hons) Computer Science at university. I was lucky enough to spend a summer working as a staff writer for Linux Format magazine, which led to me writing articles on a freelance basis. I also opted for an industrial placement year during my degree course, in which I performed a technical support role at an international school in Belgium.
I’m now a Graduate Software Developer in TV based at Adastral Park - BT’s main research and development hub. Working here is a no-brainer for someone who wants to work with cutting-edge technology. Our hub has great sporting facilities, food and regular events onsite.
In my current software engineering role, I'm developing Java, Python and C# server-based applications and API for BT TV. We follow an agile development model in two week sprints with regular stand-ups and SCRUM boarding, and we follow established industry best-practise regarding version control, test-driven development, behaviour-driven development and continuous integration.
The graduate programme at BT has built on the programming knowledge I acquired at university and invested heavily in helping me understand how I work within a team. There are fantastic networking opportunities with fellow graduates and senior staff members from across the business. Plus, there’s lots of opportunities to volunteer, by contributing knowledge or your time to the local community.
Achieving great things
Being awarded “Young Technologist of the Year” by the Royal Television Society (RTS) in 2014 for my volunteer work has been a real high point in my career thus far, particularly as this resulted in RTS sending me on an all-expenses-paid trip to Amsterdam to learn all about the TV industry at the IBC. At BT, my best achievement has been participating in the BT Challenge Cup competition - I developed an IPTV solution, built a business case and trialled it in peoples’ homes!
In terms of my next steps, I want to continue developing software and helping out with volunteer efforts to improve tech literacy in my local area. In the next five years I’d like to manage my own team of developers.
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