8 years ago I was heading in to summer working hard on my MSc project. My head space was completely absorbed in it for two reasons. 1) It was a interesting subject, 2) I didn’t want to think about what happens next. The whole looking for a job after University is a scary thing, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or even how to start thinking about what I wanted to do. I applied for some network security type gigs, didn’t hear anything back.
My personal tutor at the time, Mark Johnson told me there were some research bods looking for somebody to write a bit of PHP for them. I told Mark I didn’t want to do PHP because it was boring and yet he still made me go to the interview. I met a chap called Oleg who evaluated me at the interview as ‘a bit pale but will do’. We agreed I would work with them for 3 months. ‘It’s a foot in the door’ I thought.
8 years later and my 3 month trial has ended. It’s been a cracking 3 months. I’ve worked on interesting projects with amazing and incredibly talented people. My only regret is perhaps not spending enough time and energy with some of them, but I won’t make the same mistake twice. As most of my colleagues in this department move on, I will move on with them. The people of this institution have given me incredible opportunities I could only have dreamed of when I started my summer MSc project. It was scary then not knowing what could be around the corner, but this summer having seen a glimpse, it is actually quite exciting.