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Why GM?

Mainly because of the role itself - Apprentice Software Developer. Given that I had gone through a career change and was coming straight from college it seemed like a good fit because not only would I get to contribute on real-world applications quite quickly, there also seemed to be an understanding that I could take time to increase my knowledge. Also, it seemed like there would be a good chance of progressing and building a career within the company, which is how things actually transpired.

How did you get here?

There was a connection between the University of Limerick administrators for the Higher Diploma in Software Development which I completed and the hiring managers at GM in Limerick. I was contacted directly for an interview and things progressed from there.  The Apprentice Software Developer role seemed to match the coursework I had completed quite closely, and some existing GM employees had been hired from that course too, which was an encouraging sign. It was a great opportunity to build on what I had been learning in college.

What do you do on a daily basis?

I’m currently working on one of GM IT’s internal web applications which is used to track technical debt and software engineering standards within the IT organisation. I am currently leading an Irish team of 5 developers (including four apprentices who started the year after me) and working with the larger team based in Austin. We practice the Scrum methodology (sprints, daily stand-up meetings etc) and we’ve been involved in everything from unit/integration tests and bug fixing to writing new features, both backend and frontend, so it’s a great mix. It’s been a great team to work with both here and in Ireland and I literally learn something new everyday.