We would like to congratulate one of our developers, Alex, on passing his apprenticeship and we are delighted to confirm that we are keeping him on as a permanent, and very much valued member of the GML team! We asked him a few questions to find out what he has learnt from his first year at GML…
What is the most important thing you have learnt from the last year at GML?
I’ve learnt how it is truly important to do what you enjoy and what interests you. I spent the first few months as an IT consultant and quickly discovered that I wasn’t very good at it, but everyone here was very gracious and allowed me to transition into being a Web Developer and ever since I have progressed and enjoyed every minute of it, constantly learning new things and working on more and more complicated issues.
What skills have you developed?
In 9 months as a Web Developer I have gained the ability to create a website from scratch. I’ve learnt how to read, understand and write in HTML, CSS, jQuery, PHP and other languages. As well as getting experience in many different CSS and PHP frameworks.
What have you enjoyed the most?
I really enjoy the job as a whole. I’ve mostly enjoyed developing my own skills to become more of an asset to the team.
What have you found most challenging?
The most challenging part was the initial mental block. As I’ve been very interested in learning about programming for such a long time, I initially thought it would be too hard for me to learn, I made it harder for myself by expecting certain aspects to be more difficult and overcomplicating them.
What have been the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?
The main benefit to doing an apprenticeship is the opportunity to do a job that otherwise would be very difficult to get into. It would have been a lot more challenging teaching myself how to code in all the necessary languages well enough to get employed as a junior with no real experience. Also getting paid while training is a big help, rather than trying to find work and then making time to learn.
What are your future career plans?
I want to continue at GML, improving my abilities and hopefully focus more on backend development.
Anything else you’d like to add?
The last year as an apprentice has been a brilliant opportunity to a career that otherwise would have potentially been inaccessible to me.
I would highly recommend anyone with the opportunity to pursue an apprenticeship in a career that interests them to do so.
To find out about working with us at GML, please check our vacancies page – could you be our next superstar?