Shining the spotlight: Being a Full Stack Developer at Colt

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We’ve launched this blog series to shine the spotlight on some of the different roles we have across Colt. We want to better understand what our Colties do and what makes them tick.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Jérôme Préli, a Full Stack Developer at Colt, to find out what a typical day in the life is like.

Q: Hi Jérôme, thanks for talking more about your role here at Colt. Firstly, can you tell us what is your official job title and what does it mean? i.e. What do you do?

A: My job title is “Full Stack Developer”, so I oversee new features and tasks to improve our software. Currently, I am working on the SD WAN portal.

Q: What would you do during a typical day?

A: In the morning, we have a “stand up” meeting where every team member talks about what they did the day before and what they will do today. On a typical day, I pick a task and execute it with other team members when required. That task could be fixing a bug or adding new features to the portal.

Q: What made you decide to pursue this line of work?

A: I always loved science and mathematics, and I wanted to be an engineer when I was younger. I’ve always been a fan of new technologies, which led me to become a software engineer/developer.

Q: What led you to Colt?

A: It’s a telecommunications company, and it’s fantastic to be able to communicate with your friends, relatives or colleagues when you’re far away from each other. I also had a good feeling during my interview with my future boss and colleagues.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

A: Every day, we develop something. We create things. A developer is a creator at his level but still a creator. At the end of the week, a developer has made new functionalities on an application that helps other people do their jobs.

Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?

A: Developers see applications they are working on in a different way than the final user. What the users see and do is critical, so sometimes we need to step back and think like users.

Q: What are some common misconceptions about being a full stack developer?

A: I would say developers, in general, are seen as people that are shy and obsessed with computers. That was probably the case years ago, but now developers are everywhere. The view of developers has changed; we are way more approachable than before.

Q: What does being a #Coltie mean to you?

A: As we are involved in many high-level meetings, I feel like we really are a group of individuals working together, a big team. I am proud to be a Coltie as a lot of effort is made to link all the Colt people together.

Q: Any potential advice you would give to new hires?

A: Ask questions, don’t be afraid to look like a fool, so many people might have the same question as you.

If you’d like to look at and apply for any of the roles we currently have available, please check our careers website.

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