At Sky Betting and Gaming, we’re keen for everyone who shows an interest to get into coding. That’s why we offer Coding for Beginners classes to all our people, whatever their role in the business.
You’re never too young or too old to get into coding. At SBG, we have test engineers who started off in Human Resources and architects who previously worked in molecular biology. Of the 25 2018 Tech Academy graduates, 19% are from an arts background, 33% from STEM and 48% from Computer Science. Nor, does your gender matter. Of our Tech Academy intake this year, 7 out of 25 are female, up 6% on last year. To mark National Coding Week, we asked some of our graduates and engineers what inspired them to work in computer programming.
Lucy Davinhart (Senior Automation Engineer) I discovered I could make (incredibly basic) interactive fiction things with Windows batch files back in primary school. My dad saw what I was doing, and bought me a Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 book, and the rest is history.
Tanja Lichtensteiger (Engineering Manager) I fell into coding when I was 8 years old, playing around with QBasic in school. Then I explored programming Lego Robots using C. Not long after I discovered the internet and the vast amount of resources to teach a pre-teen how to build and hack systems.
Liz Lyon (Senior Software Engineer) I got into Coding because I wanted to change the colour of the background of a webpage.
Emily O’Connor – Tech Academy Grad 2017 I joined my Compute Science course because I wanted to learn how to build bigger projects to solve problems and create new things.
Simona Yakimova – Tech Academy Graduate 2018 I never considered going into tech until after my third year at university. To me it was always that foreign thing (that almost all of my guy friends were studying) but it seemed too complicated. However, one summer I actually found some time to learn what coding is and never looked back. It lets you solve problems and think logically all the time, which to me is great for keeping you interested in your job. Coding is also the place where you can be nerdy and learn new things every day, which to me is super exciting. Overall, programming is amazing for problem solvers and people that love the challenge of always learning and improving.
Mandy Thornton – Tech Academy Grad 2017 I had a passion to learn how things were made and then, progressing from that, I wanted to learn how to make them myself.
Lucy Llewellyn – Tech Academy Gradate 2018 I got into tech because I like logic and problem solving and that's essentially all coding and technology is.
Leanne Jagger - Senior Software Engineer Even though I spent my teen years modifying MySpace layouts and creating a My Chemical Romance fansite on Geocities, I didn't realise I could have a career involving code until during my first year of a science degree when a friend showed me Java and "Hello World!". Very soon after, I switched over to a Software Engineering degree.
Emily Johnson – Tech Academy Graduate 2018 I got into tech as it is something which interested me and I like the challenge of coding and the feeling of accomplishment when I get my code to work.
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