Continuing our “Five Questions With …” blog series, we spoke with TVSquared Software Developer, Chris Woodall. He joined the company, more than two years ago via CodeClan, the Edinburgh-based Digital Skills Academy. He now plays a vital role in the team, taking on some of the most challenging of projects.
1 .What are you most proud of in your career so far?
When I was a PhD student, I won an “International Union of Crystallography” prize and was awarded it in front of Dan Schectman, who won the Nobel prize for chemistry on 2011. That was a good day!
Although winning the prize hasn’t been all that useful in my career to date, having a strong science background is invaluable to my work at TVSquared.
2. Is there an aspect of your role at TVSquared that you’re particularly excited about right now?
I’m very excited about finishing the project I’ve been working on since March – re-building the company’s collector technology. We’re now in the final stages of testing before rolling it out to real clients
3. Why did you choose a career in software development?
I moved into software development as I fancied a change from academia and was interested in the new industries appearing in Edinburgh that focused on large volumes of data.
The CodeClan course sounded challenging and fun, and it was.
When I first joined TVSquared, I found the transition to industry from an academic community very difficult, but it was made easier by the diversity of the skills, projects and people on the team.