Job: Software Engineer
Time at Lexicon: 1 year
What does your typical day at Lexicon look like?
I go to the client’s site every day and work alongside the Delivery Lead. Every day we identify problems and solutions, have several stand-ups and meetings and do a fair bit of coding. All sessions are really collaborative and my team works really well together.
What’s been your favourite project so far?
James Hardie! Mostly because we built the product from scratch using the latest tech. Generally, we had a lot of freedom to use the best practices and see them come to life through the project itself.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Lexicon?
My favourite thing would have to be that there are so many like-minded people here. Everyone has extensive knowledge and experience and there’s a great support network. The Sydney team feels like a family. A bonus would be the IAG Sydney team being able to work with the IAG Melbourne team despite the different States.
So how did you get into what you do? Have you always wanted to be doing this?
When I was in China I was a Hardware Engineer, yet always had an interest in software engineering. I taught myself software engineering and just grew my knowledge day by day. I then moved to Sydney and this gave me an opportunity to progress my career. I find there’s so much more career opportunity in this field, as opposed to hardware engineering; because with hardware, you’re limited to the physical products. The only barrier to software engineering is your imagination; you can truly create anything you want.
If you could be doing one other thing professionally, what would it be?
I would definitely be a Chef. I enjoy cooking a lot and when I have free time I always try new things and read recipes.
What were you doing before you joined Lexicon?
I was in another company, a start-up actually and also in Sydney. There wasn’t much career growth there and I didn’t feel very supported, so felt it was time to move onto something new.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
I have two daughters and I try to spend as much time as possible with them and watch them play and grow. We like to go to the park and sometimes they watch and help me cook; my mini cooking assistants.
Where’s the best place/city you’ve ever been to?
I’m going to say Queenstown, we were there in February last year for a week. We went to see glowing worms in caves and it was so beautiful.
If you had a private chef for a night, what would you get them to make for you?
Mmmm there are so many things that I like… I’d have to go with steak and gravy, with a side of french fries.
What’s something that most people might not know about you? Any interesting facts?
I play Nintendo Fit Adventure to exercise almost every day and basically it tracks your level of activity and motions, all the while playing the game.
Are there any apps that you couldn’t live without?
‘1password’ – the application you use to manage all your passwords. It’s great for not forgetting and also for security reasons; every account I own, I have a different password. So ‘1password’ really helps me in that way!
What’s the best advice anyone’s given you?
If you learn or experience something new at work, always make a note of it; to be sure you don’t forget!
Is there any advice you’d give to a junior developer?
Don’t be afraid of trying new things! Constantly be willing to learn and be persistent in whatever you choose to focus on.