The Experiences of an Intern Developer

Samuel Pewton is a Computer Science Student at Manchester Metropolitan University. Sam joined us for a 3-month placement over the summer as an Intern Developer. 

What has your role involved?

During my time here at UD Group as an Intern, I have worked on a variety of different things. Initially I was looking into how UD Group could use Machine Learning to enhance the products that the Insights team provide – though this was a little complex for my current level of knowledge. Following this I started to work on improvements to the Broker Insights App on Power BI.

What were your favourite parts of the job?

My time here at UD Group has been enjoyable through and through. It’s difficult to pick out favourites; though I do have to say every employee here has been more than welcoming and I have not once felt out of place. I will also mention the amount that I have learnt during my short time here – the list is too extensive to elaborate. Another thing I would like to mention is the freedom and trust I have been given to complete the variety of tasks that I have been able to work on.

What areas of the role have you found challenging?

Having come to UD Group off the back of my Foundation Year at University, I knew that there was going to be a lot that I didn’t know; for example, I had never even looked at T-SQL before starting at UD Group. That being said – the steep learning curve has probably been the most challenging aspect of the role.

What are your next steps?

I’m just about to head back to University to work further towards a degree in Computer Science. I’m also toying with the idea of a master’s degree in Data Science; though I have a few years ahead of me to decide.

What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

Being a little older than the usual Intern, I’m set on my career path and know what road I’d like to go down regarding careers. The long-term goal for myself is to work as a Data Scientist, as this is something that’s appealed to me ever since I left the military.

What advice would you give to others looking to pursue a similar career?

Without trying to sound discourteous – opportunities most likely won’t find you when starting out. You need to be proactive and try to find them yourself – be it reaching out to people on LinkedIn, events you attend, even books you buy. Something I’ve come to realise is that anybody can get a degree if they put the time and money into it, it’s what you do outside of that what makes you stand out.