Local software development consultancy Scott Logic has welcomed the first of its 2016 graduates to its growing workforce.
Four graduate software developers, two of which will be based in its Newcastle headquarters and two in its Edinburgh office, began their new careers with an active week involving introductions to a raft of software development tools, as well as social activities such as ten-pin bowling with their new colleagues.
In Newcastle they are:
- Richard Beckett, who holds an MSc in Computer Science from Newcastle University
- Andrew Jones, who recently completed an MComp in Computing Science with Game Engineering at Newcastle University.
And in Edinburgh:
- Laurie Collingwood, who was recently awarded an MSc in Computing from Edinburgh Napier University
- Saber King, who studied Maths at Imperial College London.
The four will be joined in August by more graduates from universities around the country, to complete the firm’s 2016 graduate intake. Once they have completed their training with support and guidance from more experienced colleagues, they’ll begin to work in teams to deliver bespoke software solutions to global clients across a number of complex sectors.
Andrew, 22, said: “Coming from a computer games programming background, at first I was concerned with how I would adapt to working at a professional software company like Scott Logic.
“However, it has been incredibly easy to settle into. Everyone is friendly and willing to help out in any way they can. I look forward to my future here.“
Saber said: “I didn’t know where I wanted to work and I found Scott Logic online. When I came for the interview it seemed very different from other firms; the interviewers were friendly and the questions were more interesting than I had been accustomed to. All in all, the feeling I got about the company was much better than anywhere else I had visited.”
Richard, who also holds a BSc in Maths from Sheffield, said: “These first few days have been a bit of a whirlwind. We’ve been exposed to all parts of the business, experienced multiple languages and technologies, some I’ve never used before, and met most of the many members of staff in the Newcastle office.
“Everyone has been very welcoming, helpful and most effusive in their praise for the company. The obvious love of the staff for the company makes me look forward to a bright, and long, future here.”
Laurie, who previously worked as a self-employed musician and music tutor, added: “Grad week has been a fun introduction to working at Scott Logic and I have enjoyed learning more about some of the technologies the company works with from the experienced developers in Newcastle.
“I am looking forward to getting back to Edinburgh and putting some of what I’ve learned this week to good use.”
Recruitment Manager John Wright said: “The graduate scheme is vital to our strategic growth as a company, and it’s great to see so many technically gifted people joining our consultancy.
“Week one is an important part of their orientation. As collaboration is a core business value we want them working together, as well as with their more experienced colleagues on building their technical learning.
“We also realise the importance of switching off so there’s plenty of social activities to allow our people to enjoy themselves and get to know each other socially.”
Scott Logic continues to recruit for a number of roles to help it achieve its ambitious growth targets. Visit its vacancies page for further information. For more information on Scott Logic and its services, visit scottlogic.com.