Langley Foxall
Jade Short

My Introduction to Software Development

'I was certainly slapped in the face by the reality of a job'

A Whole New World

No, stop singing that song from Alladin! I'm talking about Software development, it's the future. These days most people have smart phones and discussing apps has become a hot topic, both socially and commercially, from Candy Crush to SnapChat to Online Banking over their coffee (or fruit shoot), so how does it work? How much does it cost and how do you decide that you want to make an app? Well this is what I've been introduced to in my first week at Langley Foxall.

So this has been my first job and I've gone from knowing school timetables and being taught everything to being thrown in at the deep end after a two week break. I was certainly slapped in the face by the reality of a job after 11 o'clock came and I wasn't having a 20 minute break taking pointless selfies with SnapChat filters to pass the time. Although it has been a shock, it's also been a brilliant week, I would even go as far as saying it has been the best.

Me & Dolly

When asked what the word job meant to me, the word career is at the forefront of my brain, but then again so is the 9-5 song by Dolly Parton. As a result I had no idea what to expect when I walked up to the big glass doors and having no idea how to work the key pad when you didn't have the code. The idea was fairly daunting-doing the same thing for the rest of your life, working 9-5 everyday for the next 60 years. Then there is the matter of not having the 11 week holiday that every other year 11 gets.

First Week

My first week has been better than I could have expected though, I knew that it was what I wanted to do which is why I chose an apprenticeship over A-levels but nothing can prepare you for such a massive change. Not that it is a bad thing at all, in fact it's the total opposite, everyone here at Langley Foxall have made me feel so welcome and I am finally doing what I love and want to carve a career out of. Don't get me wrong, spending what feels like an eternity referring to Google and YouTube videos to get top tips is not all that fun and neither is the realisation that the thing you thought you were decent at and knew the basics of is actually nothing compared to everyone else is a harrowing moment. Having said that, being thrown straight in and knowing you have people to support you if you need it allows you to learn and grow in your own way and figure things out independently and isn't that what growing up is all about?

The Future

I have found something which I feel passionate about, instead of going home and continuing with the dreaded coursework before you have to start revising every second of the day for exams, I am going home with a huge smile on my face and a plan ready for the next day. I love my job. Yes I said it, I know it has only been a week and most people reading this will think 'isn't she naive, I give it until next month, the end of the year at the largest stretch' but I can honestly say that I cannot see my opinion changing that much because I am doing what I want to do in the future with the support of the most down to earth people and of course, I'm having a laugh at the same time.

Who needs an 11 week break when they love what they do?