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Inpute Graduate Programme Experience: Martin Finnegan

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Martin Finnegan

Software Developer

Q: When did you join the Inpute team?

A: I joined Inpute in August 2017.

Q: Was the graduate program what you expected?

A: I think it’s hard to know what to expect from a graduate programme. This programme gives you a lot of experience with different systems and Inpute is quite a niche industry. I wouldn’t have been able to expect the type of systems we would have been working on because they’re very specialized and specific, but it was good. It was what I expected in terms of being able to get experience that I could use, and it definitely prepared me for my later role in the company.

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

A: I’m a software developer, so, I’m much more involved in the beginning of the projects through to the end and fixing serious issues that need more technical experience.

Q: How has the graduate program helped in your development?

A: We received good training and went on training courses for products we sell such as DocuWare where we went to Munich. I went over to the Polish office as well for training with lead developers. In terms of the company itself, the technical team of developers are always there to coach you along, if you can’t figure something out, you mention it to the team and they can give you support on the issue. Then if you’re having any issues on the professional side of things you can always go to your manager or HR for anything you need.

Q: What has been the most rewarding project you worked on with Inpute?

A: Definitely a recent project with a semi state body. That was a major project, that was a timesheet system replacing the paper timesheet system that the network technicians use every week. I was on client site for well over a year. That was really the most rewarding part, it was a long-term project and to be able to see it finally pay off and the technicians using it.

 

Q: What advice would you give those who are interested in pursuing a career with Inputes graduate program?

A: I’d say keep management in the loop and make sure they are aware of what your goals are. If you want to go into development or professional resources or maybe you’ve thought of a target, maybe you see a hole in the company that you’d like to fill. Just keep them informed and apply generally, if you keep people posted on what you think your future is you’ll get obliged.

Q: Can you just tell me a little bit about the company culture?

A: There was always an emphasis on the company culture, because a lot of the time, even before lockdown, people wouldn’t be in the office all the time. You’d have a lot of people out on a client site a couple of days a week, if not all the time. There’s a good culture of cooperation, we have our Inpute social events as well and a few nights out a year, in normal times.

 

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