Polly Caldwell - Java Developer

Java Developer

Quick Facts

How long you been here

2.5 years

Studied

Maths. Nothing to do with computers

Heard about Auto Trader

At a grad fair. They had squidgy cars

Meet Polly Caldwell

Grads can go anywhere. What made you choose Auto Trader? I had other options having done Maths. I thought I might do something with finance but they were suity and corporate. I came for an interview at Auto Trader and a flying monkey toy pinged through the air. So were you a computer whizz? I didn’t know a lot about java or coding in general. I had done some tutorials at home. When I came for the assessment, we did a pair programming exercise and I worked with an Auto Trader graduate. My partner was collaborative and we pooled our skills – I learned a lot in the exercise and it showed me what the culture is really like. What’s challenging about your job? Everything is always changing – tech is always changing. When I started we were working on things we called ‘next generation’ and now that’s not the way of doing things. In two years it moves on loads. You learn new techniques all the time. Do you enjoy it? It’s more fun than you think. If you don’t want to sit behind a desk – you don’t have to! You are always solving puzzles and problems, it’s fun. It sounds geeky but it isn’t. When you solve a problem, it’s great feeling. You do so much more than work. You come, you learn, you have fun!

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