#GradStories, Leena A Nelliyote, Cloud DevOps SRE Full Stack Developer, General Motors

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What is your name, the company you work for and your job title? 

My name is Leena A Nelliyote, I work for General Motors in Limerick, Ireland and I work as a cloud Cloud DevOps SRE Full Stack Software Developer.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Our work involves an agile software development lifecycle. I work as a cloud DevOps developer, so it's more development and coding. The development involves automating infrastructure and during our daily standup we have to update on our accomplishments, what we are doing today and what we have planned for tomorrow.

What skills do you need to be succesful in your role? 

To be successful in the role you need to be technically sound and you need to be eager to learn new technologies on the go, and to have good effective communication and collaboration skills to work along with the team.

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

After taking nine years of a career break for my family, I had a habit of reading a lot, going through a lot of interesting things and I got into the technology stuff. I started learning a few technological things like basic coding online. That's how I enrolled into the higher diploma in science computing from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and then I got into the apprenticeship programme in General Motors for one year, which gave me the real work experience with highly tailored training, I would say. Now I'm working as the cloud DevOps developer.

What advice would you give to other graduates?

Looking through the springboard courses, they have good courses like the skill conversion courses which are really good for beginners. They can also approach most of the good universities like the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick, there are a lot actually. They can have a conversation with them and go for the best course.

What do you love about your job?

Working as a team and learning new technologies on the go and implementing those in our ongoing projects. I would also say very effective collaboration and teamwork.

How have you found working from home?

In terms of working from home, General Motors has been very supportive. They give a lot of importance to the safety of the employees so it's very supportive.

What advice would you give about working from home?

For working from home during this pandemic I would say you should plan your work schedule and ensure that your work schedule has a break. Also, you should have a designated workspace and I would say start your day with work cloths so that you you feel like you are at the office.

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