Hi, I’m Josh and I’ve spent my first six months of the IAG Tech Graduate Scheme on a Software Developer placement, doing work for IAG Loyalty. It’s really helped me to improve upon the skillset I developed whilst studying for my Computer Science degree.
My primary focus has been building several cloud-hosted microservices that will eventually be used across the company’s customer facing platforms. The team use the latest tooling to enable us to encourage collaboration, minimise code vulnerabilities and improve testing capabilities. I was pleased because I was immediately able to contribute valuable work to the project.
It’s been interesting to see how a modern and agile company functions and the steps that can be taken to ensure a smooth development process. Throughout my experience there’s been a determined focus on Continuous Integration/Continuous Development (CI/CD) practises that have allowed me to better understand the full lifecycle of a product’s journey.
I’ve taken the opportunity to get involved with several additional projects, including some Proof of Value programmes that have allowed me to trial new and exciting third-party services to see if they can complement and add value to the business.
In under a month I am due to start a Data Analytics placement in Vueling, which will be totally different to what I have been doing so far. The opportunity to try my hand at a wide range of roles was one of the factors contributing to why I applied to IAG Tech.
My advice to anyone looking to apply would be make sure you demonstrate your passion for technology. Do not be deterred if you feel your background isn’t technical enough; highlighting any evidence of you working hard to learn a new skill will always work in your favour. It is also important to show your collaboration and communication skills throughout the application process – technology is a team game.