It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of another year, so I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect on some of the things that my team has been involved in.
Graduate hiring is important to the future growth of Scott Logic. We decided to have two graduate intakes this year, the first being in February, which included someone with a degree in music! Less than a year later and they’ve been able to get involved in internal projects such as MottyBot as well as client work.
We’ve been out and about at a number of conferences and Meetups across the UK, such as The Lovelace Colloquium, Bristech and a Girl Geek Dinner, which we hosted at our Bristol development centre. We also hosted our first open office events in Bristol and Newcastle, giving people interested in tech the chance to pop in, talk to our people and hear about some of what we do.
Coding challenges are always in the annual plans; this year some of the Newcastle team developed an artificial intelligence challenge that we were fortunate enough to be able to use at Durham and Bristol universities as an alternate to our stock trading hack. Plans are on track for a third challenge which we’ll be trialling with Newcastle University in 2017. I can’t wait for that!
a sense of achievement
Summer disappeared in the blink of an eye (aided by two holidays), but more so as we were so busy generally with hiring. As well as a number of technical hires, we welcomed our General Manager to the business, followed up soon after by a new Head of Business Development. We also saw our interns join the regional development centres and before we knew it we were back into graduate season! 13 graduate careers fairs spanned the country, from St Andrews to Exeter, and we also held a number of coding challenges and mock interviews as well as guest lectures.
One of my stand out memories of the year was welcoming four PhDs into the Newcastle development centre in October. We pride ourselves on attracting bright people, so bringing four big brains in at once is something I’m proud to talk about when speaking with prospective hires.
As 2016 comes to a close and we start focusing on 2017, there’s a lot of work underway to help start the year with a bang. A lot of events are being pencilled in; we’re planning to open our office doors to the tech curious, we’re working hard to attract and hire good quality people in delivery, design, development and test, and of course we’ll be doing a whole host of things to attract graduates.
I’m really looking forward to 2017. I sense that it’s going to be a good one!