Software Engineering at Boots UK
I became part of the Boots IT team eight years ago, but did not start my career here as a Developer – in fact, becoming a developer hadn’t even crossed my mind back then!
My journey began while I was working on the IT service desk. At the time we had a lot of little tools and scripts to perform various tasks, from connecting to store controllers to checking the status of a self-checkout. This was very complex and time consuming with so many programs to remember. So I started to teach myself VB.NET with the goal of building an application that would replace all of those little tools and scripts, and make my job a little easier.
I got a few colleagues to try it and before I knew it, I was standing before the IT Leadership team delivering a presentation on my new application. That’s when I knew I was going to be a developer.
That was one of the best decisions of my life, having spent 20 years in IT building and repairing systems, tasked with finding workarounds and fixes to get software working and the common frustration when no matter what you do, it just doesn’t work or the needed software simply isn’t available.
Now as a developer I get to create that software, correct the defects, and add those features you know are going make things easier for the end user so they don’t have to experience the same frustration.
There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that something I’ve created is making a difference to the way people work, and with the wide variety of technologies being used across the Boots business, every day brings a new challenge and every day I learn something new.
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