Hi, my name’s Lee Wicks and I’m a software engineer at RDT.
I’ve always had a passion for ICT, computing and new technologies, and was keen to learn coding. In 2012 I went to university to study computing and software engineering and I really enjoyed the coding element of the course, which made me realise that I wanted to be a software engineer.
After graduating I joined the Capita Graduate IT Consultancy, and through them got a work placement at Dominos Pizza in Milton Keynes. The work was varied and included developing their website and franchisee systems. They had free pizza in the office, which was a great perk, but not good for keeping healthy!
My girlfriend and I decided to get a house together. She is from Tonbridge, very close to RDT HQ, and I applied to join RDT and was really excited to be offered a job here. I’m glad I made the move as it has worked out brilliantly.
RDT is a fast-paced, fun and welcoming place to work. Every day offers something different, either a new challenge or something new to learn. Everyone here is willing to help, or be helped – it’s a very collaborative environment to work in.
I’ve worked on some interesting projects. I worked with Equator services, where we standardised the services so they were consistent. More recently I’ve been with the API team, working on a project to upgrade Landscape functionality. It’s quite a demanding project with tight deadlines. Although there is pressure and it can feel challenging, I find meeting the deadlines and delivering the software to our clients very rewarding.
There are good opportunities for progression here. For example the company is sponsoring me to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD). I’m two-thirds of the way through the course and feel very happy to have been given the opportunity.
Earlier this year I attended an event at my old university. While I was there I was asked to give a presentation to the final year students. I hadn’t prepared anything but was quite happy to give a speech about my experiences. I think my work at RDT, and the regular stand-up meetings where we discuss our work, gave me the confidence to do this.
RDT is a fun, engaging place to work that offers fantastic opportunities, where I feel I am valued and being invested in.
Lead Software Engineer Xander Hurley said: ‘From the moment Lee joined RDT it was apparent that he had the right skills and determination to expand his understanding of our tech stack, as well as his knowledge of insurance, rapidly becoming an integral member of his team and becoming a real asset to the company.’
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