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Inpute Graduate Programme Experience: Luke Cullen

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Luke Cullen

Q: When did you join the Inpute team?Inpute Graduate Experience Dublin

A: I joined Inpute in October 2019.

Q: Was the graduate program what you expected?

A: Yes, it was what I expected. At the start they gave us tracking on what’s going to happen throughout the year between the first one to three months, then three to six and then six to twelve and what we should be learning and things like that. It was really good and it was definitely on point.

Q: Can you give me a summary of your role now and how it’s changed over time?

A: Yeah, at the start, we got kind of a taste of two areas software development and support engineer. I really enjoy both aspects, I like the mix and I was lucky enough to be able to continue to do both in my role. You can choose to do one aspect like just software development. I chose to work in both areas of support professional services and software development and I’ve really developed my skills over time.

Q: What has been the most rewarding project you’ve worked on?

A: Probably the recent e-signature project that myself and Damian wrote because our colleagues are using it. It’s great to see that it’s being used, working well and it’s practical.

Q: What’s been your biggest challenge in your role since graduating and how did you overcome it?

A: The transition to working from home. Mainly because you don’t have the colleague interaction you would. In the office if you have a question you can just go up to someone’s desk and ask them or call across the office. So, it was definitely that transition. Working from home does have its benefits and the use of Microsoft Teams has helped to overcome that communication issue

Q. What advice would you give those who are interested in pursuing a career with Inpute or the graduate program?    

A: I would say to be open minded. When I first joined, I thought I was going to go straight into software development, but that changed once I saw the other side of it like professional services. I just thought I was going to be coding all day, but I actually really enjoy doing both sides which I didn’t expect. So go in with an open mind to other things you can do within the company and they really give you the ability to do it.

I’d also keep in mind that Inpute is very unique so I wouldn’t come in and expect to know everything about the solutions. A lot of things must be learned within the company and a lot of stuff you couldn’t learn outside of it.

Q: Describe Inpute in 3 Words?

A: Accommodating, supportive and unique.

Q: Tell me a bit about the company culture at Inpute?

A: It’s definitely open as in between the senior developers and graduates. I mean everyone is there to help each other and you can always go to a senior developer with a question. Everyone is willing to talk and to help all the time.

 

 

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