Michael, Software Engineer

 

  • Tell us a bit about your job and how long you’ve been with the company.

I am a Software Engineer within Liberty IT but I first joined the company as a Placement student.  I am part of a large team and together we work on a number of different projects at any one time. Depending on the stage of the projects, I could be working with Business Analysts to clarify requirements or I could be coding or testing. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work on all stages of the project lifecycle so there’s a lot of variety in my job.

  • Tell us a little bit about your education and how you came to work in IT.

I had a strong interest in computing from an early age and so studied IT at GCSE and A-Level then from there studied Computer Science at Queens University, Belfast.  Everyone at Queens always spoke very highly of Liberty IT and the company had a very good reputation within the industry so because of that, I applied to complete my placement year there and then returned again after final year.

  • What has been your most memorable moment working in LIT?

For me it’s the opportunities to travel.  Last year, I visited one of our offices in Boston and I found this trip extremely beneficial as working alongside our US colleagues, face-to-face, really enhanced relationships and the quality of our work when I returned to the Belfast office.

  • Who do you admire in the technology world?

I really admire Steve Jobs and how forward thinking he was for the time.

  • How has technology changed over the years?

Looking back to when I was at school everything seems so basic! Now technology is so much more complex, advanced and user-centric.

  • What would you say is different about working in Liberty IT in comparison to other companies?

We all try to help and learn from each other.  For example, every few weeks my team gets together for a meeting called the 4Ts – Teeny Tiny Tech Talks.  If someone on the team has found something useful that helps them to do their job better, they’ll take 10-15 minutes to talk the rest of the team through what they’ve found so that we all learn from each other in an informal way.

  • Are you a member of the Social Club?

Yes I am a member and really enjoy the events.  It’s a great way for people to get to know each other, especially with the company getting bigger and bigger every year, it’s nice that we have the opportunity to socialise with each other.