Lisa Brooks - Software Engineer - BBC
Issued: Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:00:00 BST
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I love travelling, my friend and I once planned a road trip in the west coast of America around two Vegas concerts to see the Jonas Brothers and Gwen Stefani.
Tell us about your career journey so far
I started off in the BBC almost three years ago as a Junior Software Engineer working on a project to bring the TV and radio scheduling data from schedulers to the TV guide. I have developed and learned a lot of new skills and met some great people along the way. The next goal that I’m working towards achieving is the move to become a Senior Software Engineer.
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
I had two favourite subjects in school – Maths and Graphic Communication. I enjoyed Maths as I liked problem solving. Graphics was also one of my favourites as I loved technical drawings and making them come to life on the screen using Computer Aided Design
What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?
The main subjects I use on a daily basis are Maths and Computing. I studied Maths in university for four years then moved onto complete a Masters in Software Development. I would definitely say that I use the logical thinking that I developed when studying maths and always use programming skills learned in computing when writing and deploying code.
What is a normal day in your role like?
A normal day includes writing and deploying code; pairing with other developers in my team; doing peer code reviews and helping to investigate issues reported to the team. I have daily meetings that are generally about upcoming work or projects that are currently in progress. We also make some time to have fun and ensure that we are connected as a team. This could be as little as checking in with one another or going for lunch together.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My job involves writing a lot of tests to ensure that my code is performing as expected. I would say that my favourite part about my job is the satisfaction of seeing those tests pass and ‘go green’. I also feel a sense of achievement when I look at the TV guide knowing that my team has had a part to play in making all of the BBC information available for public consumption.
Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
There are lots of activities that could be done at home to illustrate aspects of my work. My main role is developing code so there are plenty websites that let people learn to code at home. I’ve listed a few below.
For programming languages:
· Code lets you learn lots of different programming languages at home and undertake a project to build apps and games - https://code.org/learn
· YouTube – there are lots of YouTubers taking to teaching programming. A few include learnCode.academy, thenewboston, Derek Banas and freeCodeCamp.org.
· BBC Bitesize – there are also lots of things to learn about coding and computing on the BBC Bitesize website for all school ages. Here’s a link to an example for S1 programming - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrtckmn
For learning what you need to build your first website: · https://www.w3schools.com/
Coderdojo run free volunteer-led programming clubs for young people aged seven to seventeen to learn how to code. More information can be found on their website - https://coderdojo.com/
There are also a lot of good links to places to learn on this link: https://learntocodewith.me/posts/code-for-free/#general
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