Courtney Reid_Graduate System Test Engineer
Courtney Reid – Graduate System Test Engineer

“Calnex and the colleagues I work with have really allowed me to develop from being a student with very little knowledge to where I am now.” Q: What did you study and where? I studied at the University of Stirling and have a degree in Applied Computing. Q: How long have you worked with Calnex and what attracted you to join? I have worked at Calnex for over 2 years now, I was already an intern when I got offered my graduate role but the overall culture of the company and how you are treated attracted me to stay. Never been in such a welcoming environment where you are made to feel part of the team from day one. Q: Has Calnex provided you with career progression opportunities? If so, please tell us how. I feel like overall the way I have progressed from being a summer intern to now being in a graduate position has been amazing. Calnex and the colleagues I work with have really allowed me to develop from being a student with very little knowledge to where I am now. Q: What do you do for downtime? I love going to the gym and I like to cook also. Q: What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying for a role with Calnex? Just go for it, you’ve nothing to lose and you will be glad you did it when you start working with us.

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Courtney Reid_Graduate System Test Engineer
Courtney Reid

“Calnex and the colleagues I work with have really allowed me to develop from being a student with very little knowledge to where I am now.” What did you study and where? I studied at the University of Stirling and have a degree in Applied Computing. How long have you worked with Calnex and what attracted you to join? I have worked at Calnex for over 2 years now, I was already an intern when I got offered my graduate role but the overall culture of the company and how you are treated attracted me to stay. Never been in such a welcoming environment where you are made to feel part of the team from day one. Has Calnex provided you with career progression opportunities? If so, please tell us how. I feel like overall the way I have progressed from being a summer intern to now being in a graduate position has been amazing. Calnex and the colleagues I work with have really allowed me to develop from being a student with very little knowledge to where I am now. What do you do for downtime? I love going to the gym and I like to cook also. What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying for a role with Calnex? Just go for it, you’ve nothing to lose and you will be glad you did it when you start working with us.

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Jack Mears
Jack Mears

“There is always something fresh to look forward to. Calnex products cover a wide range of applications and as a system test engineer I am always considering how new product features are going to be used in real-world applications.” What did you study and where? I studied at the University of Glasgow where I graduated with an MSc in Physics with Astrophysics. What initially attracted you to the Graduate role at Calnex? I was introduced to Calnex when I heard about the company at a party – seriously! When looking online at the careers page the graduate system test engineer position interested me because my degree was mostly theoretical work and I wanted to get more practical hands-on experience coming out of university. Tell us any highlights you have experienced since starting with Calnex I joined during lockdown and enjoyed the on-boarding & socialising experiences a lot. Calnex organises regular social events and, since everything was online at the time, it was a good opportunity to meet people from across the world that I might not have met otherwise. It was also good to catch up with these people again at the annual summer event! What do you enjoy most about your job? There is always something fresh to look forward to. Calnex products cover a wide range of applications and as a system test engineer I am always considering how new product features are going to be used in real-world applications. This can range from use in data centres to use cases with 5G cell towers in the field. I particularly enjoy having the opportunity to learn about different parts of the telecoms industry, gain a bit of knowledge each time, and then apply it in a way that improves system test coverage. Most challenging aspects of your job? When I first joined Calnex the most difficult part was the learning curve. There is a lot of industry standards & protocols to be familiarised with and quite a few acronyms to take note of as well. This required a fair bit of reading to begin with, but Calnex also run a weekly training session with small teams of people covering different topics to help bring people up to speed. Over time (and having to revisit a few sessions) the protocols & acronyms started to become more familiar. What advice would you give to anyone considering a Graduate role at Calnex? It’s a great place to be as a graduate so I would say go for it. I was quite nervous about coming into Calnex as the work is more specialised in the electronics & telecoms field than what I was previously exposed to in university. When I first joined, I was given time to study some of the finer details I might not have seen before and when I needed any assistance, colleagues in the team were always willing to put some time aside to help. Tell us something that surprised you about Calnex when you came? I like the workplace environment a lot. Everyone is very focused at work and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. You are introduced to the senior management team early on when you join, and it was surprising to me that they weren’t only interested in how work was going but were also wanting to chat about things outside of work. This is often how it is day-to-day so when you bump into someone when grabbing a coffee in the kitchen, people are always catching up and it’s a nice environment to be a part of.

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John Thomson
John Thomson

“Also being trusted with the flexible hours, it can take the stress away when you hit the unexpected roadworks, knowing you can just work a little later or shorter lunch etc, or for any appointments that you may have, being able to work around them.” What did you study and where? I originally Studied Physics at the University of Edinburgh when I left school then in 2016 – 2019 I studied Computing and IT with the Open University. I had a lot of experience in labs doing Physics and a specific course with the Open University (Cisco Routing and Switching) was an in-depth study of packets/protocols/networks etc, both of these perfectly apply to being a test engineer at Calnex. What initially attracted you to the Graduate role at Calnex? It was interesting as I always had it in my mind that I wanted to do some form of Software Development, but after having done a course at university on testing, I quite enjoyed that and decided to pursue the job here. I do a good bit of coding as well which satisfies the ‘software development’ aspect Tell us any highlights you have experienced since starting with Calnex One particularly good highlight was soon after I started, either near the end of my probation or just after it finished, was testing a patch release of Paragon X, It was good to be trusted with something that was soon being handed over to customers quite early on in my career here. What do you enjoy most about your job? I’m not sure of one thing I enjoy most but a few are being hands on in the lab, the hybrid model, there are a few pros and cons to both working from home and being in the office so splitting the week almost half and half is nice. Also being trusted with the flexible hours, it can take the stress away when you hit the unexpected roadworks, knowing you can just work a little later or shorter lunch etc, or for any appointments that you may have, being able to work around them. Most challenging aspects of your job? The most challenging aspect is probably understanding exactly what is required. Having to go and read some very exciting standard somewhere and understand exactly what is going on. What advice would you give to anyone considering a Graduate role at Calnex? Advice? I would recommend they pursue the role here, it is a very friendly and welcoming place to work, with plenty of activities/things to do during lunch (or after hours) eg circuits/Pilates/football/badminton/gym/showers. Tell us something that surprised you about Calnex when you came? Something that surprised me was perhaps receiving the hamper at Christmas two years and the chocolate pizza slice for the 100million in orders and the card for working from home for a year, they were very nice and unexpected gifts to receive.

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Lorcan Roddy
Lorcan Roddy

“The Calnex culture has been one of the most welcoming and friendly cultures in a company that I have ever experienced.” What did you study and where? Computer and Network Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University. What initially attracted you to the Graduate role at Calnex? The job description of the roll was a broad spectrum and rare to see on job sites, it fitted alongside everything that I had studied at university with a few extra things to further interest me. Tell us any highlights you have experienced since starting with Calnex The Calnex culture has been one of the most welcoming and friendly cultures in a company that I have ever experienced. What do you enjoy most about your job? Seeing what happens when we push our products to its limits and beyond them, and constantly learning new things as every day is a school day. Most challenging aspects of your job? Figuring out, understand and visualising edge cases (potential issues) within our products, basically the entire job is challenging and keeps me on my toes. Some days I get good results some days they’re not so good. But it is always satisfying when you figure it all out. What advice would you give to anyone considering a Graduate role at Calnex? Give it a go, it’s a great challenge but everyone is extremely helpful, so never be afraid to ask questions. Tell us something that surprised you about Calnex when you came? Calnex is more of a family than a corporation. Everyone is equal and just as important as the next person.

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Efstathios Ioannidis
Efstathios Ioannidis

“I relocated to Scotland from Greece and despite the fact that the process itself can be quite intimidating, the members of the team made it very straightforward for me.” What did you study and where? I studied Computer Science and Engineering in the International Hellenic University which is based in Thessaloniki, Greece. What initially attracted you to the Graduate role at Calnex? The graduate role at Calnex seemed like a great opportunity for me to start my career, as it felt like a friendly and approachable environment in which I could develop both personally and professionally. What do you enjoy most about your job? You will not find a Software Engineering job that is easy to deal with, but the environment at Calnex really eases off the stress associated with it. Even though it is a fast-paced environment and you have to comply with deadlines, people are always friendly and willing to offer a helping hand if you just ask for it! Most challenging aspects of your job? My role involves dealing with multiple technologies and hundreds of lines of code in various programming languages. Thankfully, that keeps me motivated and makes things interesting as there is always something new to learn. What advice would you give to anyone considering a Graduate role at Calnex? I would say just go for it! It might seem challenging and a big step when getting out of university, but it will definitely pay off in the future. Tell us something that surprised you about Calnex when you came? I was surprised by by the support that is given to every single member of the group. Even though I come from abroad, I never felt as an outsider and I always felt welcomed and appreciated by the rest of the team. If you relocated to join Calnex, how did you find the process? I relocated to Scotland from Greece and despite the fact that the process itself can be quite intimidating, the members of the team made it very straightforward for me. Even though the whole process took roughly three months, the team was extremely supportive and never lost contact with me, which was really reassuring at such a stressful time.

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Viktor Malych
Viktor Malych

“Once I started the internship, I really enjoyed the work I was doing and the office environment and progressed to the Graduate Software Engineer role at Calnex when I finished my degree.” What did you study and where? I studied Computing Science at Edinburgh Napier University. What initially attracted you to the Graduate role at Calnex? At first what attracted me to Calnex was the summer internship position available while I was studying, as it fitted with my university schedule and I was interested in working on actual software rather than an IT help desk, which Calnex offered. Once I started the internship, I really enjoyed the work I was doing and the office environment and progressed to the Graduate Software Engineer role at Calnex when I finished my degree. Tell us any highlights you have experienced since starting with Calnex The highlight of my career at Calnex so far was designing and developing the Background Traffic app for the Paragon Neo. It was a project that I designed and developed myself, with help from coworkers of course. I really enjoyed it because it’s something that is actually useful to our customers, and it allowed me to learn how to develop an app for our system from the ground up, from database to front end. What do you enjoy most about your job? I really enjoy the helpful and friendly work environment at Calnex. Everyone is very kind and ready to help and teach, which was very helpful as an intern and makes the work go much easier and faster as a graduate as well. I genuinely enjoy the time I get to spend with my co-workers, and the culture of the company is rewarding and encourages growth. Most challenging aspects of your job? The most challenging aspect of this job is learning about the field that we work in. Network synchronisation has a lot of standards that we need to follow, and the standards update constantly so we have to keep up with them. There’s a lot of specialised knowledge that you need to learn in order to understand what you’re working on at Calnex, but there are knowledge courses that Calnex runs that teach us about the field, and lots of learning resources are available when needed. What advice would you give to anyone considering a Graduate role at Calnex? I would advise anyone that is considering joining Calnex to do it – it is a very good environment to work in. Just be ready to learn about the field of network synchronisation, and do some research about it beforehand! Tell us something that surprised you about Calnex when you came? Definitely the work culture and my co-workers, I didn’t expect work to be such a friendly place and the work to be so rewarding.

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