What are you studying and where?
I’m currently studying Applied Computing at the University of Stirling.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
Adapting to remote working which Calnex has done well by finding ways to keep everyone connected. I have regular catch ups with my managers and also someone on my team. There are also things like quizzes and coffee afternoons which give you a chance to have a bit of normality in your life. As working from home can be isolating at times, Calnex have found ways to keep people socialising with each other.
Please talk us through a typical day at Calnex?
My role within Calnex is a Software Test Engineer. Every morning I have a stand-up with my team which lasts about half an hour where we all update each other on what we’re currently working on and raise any issues we’re having. I then get on with my tasks for the day which can be really varied, no day is the same. I tend to have catch ups with some of my colleagues which break up the day a bit and give you some normality in the day.
Onboarding during COVID, how have you managed to build relationships with the team?
Even though I’m working at home I have still had the opportunity to get to know everyone in my team and everyone has been very welcoming and friendly. I don’t think anyone would struggle to make new friends in this business. Calnex has done a lot of online activities since I started. I have been involved in the summer ‘BBQ’ which involved a magician and also the online virtual escape rooms which was really fun. Calnex arrange a lot of quiz nights to get everyone involved and socialising with each other.
Have you gained any new skills at Calnex? If so, what are they?
Working remotely, learned a new programming language (Python) which before starting I had little experience with.
What have you enjoyed most about your internship?
I loved that from day one you are made to feel part of the team, the fact that you are working on real time projects and not just given external things to work on is great. You are actually contributing to a team which is really rewarding. My favourite thing about working with Calnex has been the culture of the business.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about doing an internship during lockdown?
Just go for it, I couldn’t recommend doing one enough! I know things are uncertain and challenging just now but you don’t have anything to lose. Just make sure you’re getting yourself outside while working remotely, fresh air makes all the difference. An internship is going to benefit you in the long run and what else is there to do just now anyway?
What do you do for downtime?
I enjoy training at the gym which has turned into home workouts this last year, spending time with friends & family and hill walking.