Phillip Price is a Platforms Engineer at Naimuri and has been with the business for three months. He shares a little insight about what his job entails, how he got into the world of technology and how the culture is what makes Naimuri such a great place to work.
Briefly describe what you do day-to-day...
I participate in the morning standup. This is a great time to throw any issues or interesting points out to the team for discussion. If you need a second set of eyes on a particular issue, you have the right environment to raise your points. I enjoy how willing everyone seems to be to share their time and knowledge with you.
Generally, I then get stuck into my work. Lots of coding and google searching for error messages :-).
I do find that I have a lot of impromptu calls with other team members when I come across points of interest. Again, a big tick in the culture box. I have found the team has made reaching out for help very comfortable. They always have time for you, or they find someone who does.
What interested you in a career in technology?
Problem Solving. I get to create solutions to problems that have an impact on real people. I've always been interested in technology, and after leaving University with some transferable skills, the opportunities in the technology sector are ever growing. With more opportunities come even more problems, and if you can help solve these problems you can make yourself a very valuable person in an industry that rewards valuable people.
What areas of technology are you most passionate about?
Data analytics has been a passion of mine for years. Whether it was optimising the route on my paper round to save time, or models that build my fantasy football team, manipulating data to help me solve problems is something I have done naturally for as long as I can remember.
However, it wasn't until I completed an Astrophysics degree that I realised that there were so many methods and applications for the skills I was developing.
Technology has a plethora of tools that enable those with data science skills to flourish in the business world. Every company collects data and those that succeed, and will continue to succeed, are the ones who make use of it. Data science is all about helping people get value/solve problems from/with data.
What are the five top skills you need to do your role?
What is the best thing about working for Naimuri?
It is amazing how many people have bothered to reach out and make me feel welcome, despite the fact that they work on different projects, areas, technologies.
There is a huge difference in attitude between someone who is helping, and someone who WANTS to help. Everyone at Naimuri Wants to help you succeed.
What makes Naimuri unique from other tech companies?
Transparency. A lot of companies preach about transparency, but then you receive an email where the contents catch you totally off guard.
In my first few months, I have been part of two company updates, and countless collaboration calls, where the discussions are around things the company hopes to implement. Not things the company has implemented whether you like it or not. The leadership team seems to genuinely want your feedback to help them make decisions.
What are your career goals?
Right now I want to hone my craft.
I want to spend time working on projects and learning the habits and best practices needed to succeed. From there I hope to become a tech lead where I can pass on those skills learned, and grow as a manager.
My long term aspirations are to run my own business/tech department within a business.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in technology?
It is never too late to start a career in tech. Get yourself a foundational certification from one of the three major cloud providers, and you will have a fantastic platform to move forward into a career in tech.