Employee Insights: Starting out as a developer at Creditcall - Tom, joined Creditcall in February 2014
I relocated to Bristol from Surrey having been offered a mobile development job at Creditcall. Settling in to the new surroundings wasn’t a problem. My favourite area has got to be the Harbourside where our office is; it’s such a nice place to be, especially around the summer. It’s a short walk to the pubs and restaurants and you’ve got the Cathedral around there as well. Everything is centralised and in close proximity. I’ve been here for over two years now and don’t know where the time has gone!
I joined as a mobile developer, but I’ve now progressed to a software developer role as I’m more than happy to move about and learn new things. I want to try and help in whatever fashion I can and join projects where they need the extra pair of hands. I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished at Creditcall so far. Projects have varied in size and some of the smaller ones I’ve been able to do myself whilst others have been much more of a big team effort. Each is satisfying and there’s always something even bigger and meatier coming up that I can put my heart and soul into.
My time at Creditcall so far has given me some memories that will live with me forever, as well as the opportunity to refine myself as a skilled technical professional in my field.
My first week involved learning the code base, learning what things did and how it all fits together. The solution I was working on ‘ChipDNA’ was well established and there was a lot to learn. I was buddied up with a colleague who walked me through everything, so I wasn’t left to my own devices. It was great that there was always someone there to guide me through it as the payments world is very complex.
The people are great too. There’s a guy in my team called Matt, he’s not the loudest but he’s hilarious on Slack. He once told me I was well acquainted with “rage typos” after I got confused and typed something out in all caps too quickly, which drew quite a loud reaction from me. People probably think I’m nuts because every so often I’ll just start laughing and no one will know why.
My time at Creditcall so far has given me some memories that will live with me forever, as well as the opportunity to refine myself as a skilled technical professional in my field. My advice would be to say yes to everything. Take any opportunity you can. Moving from Creditcall’s mobile payments app and taking on a project from Creditcall’s POS framework was really nerve-wracking, but I said yes anyway and I enjoyed it! Taking a couple of risks really helped me in that respect, even outside of work. A lot of people at Creditcall socialise after office hours. I was invited to go climbing, which wasn’t an activity I had any real previous experience with but I said yes, went along, enjoyed it, and now I do it regularly. So take risks, it can pay off big time.