Our team has continued to change and we have recently welcomed a new Developer to our team, Steven Hardy.
To help us and you get to know him a little better, we put some questions to him.
Tell us about your career to date… how did you end up here at WCD?
I then continued my career in the automotive industry working for a much larger car dealer group within their Group Marketing function. Here I was responsible for the creative elements that the dealerships needed. This gave me great experience of design, and turning a client’s design into something that worked digitally. I assisted with the development of a blog within Laravel, created email mailers, and creating graphics for websites.
After a good solid 5 years of digital marketing, I decided that I needed a career change. I went to work with the ambulance service as a 999 Call Handler. However, this made me miss the creativity side of my professional work. I was not programming anymore, or creating things. This gave me a lot of opportunity to continue learning as when I was not taking a 999 call, I could learn and study.
With this eagerness to come back to digital marketing, I started working at a small marketing agency, as their SEO Specialist. I was managing clients and ensuring that their websites were performing the best they could on search engines like Google. However, as time went on, my manager realised that I have a secret ability to code. I started creating WordPress plugins, that lead to creating bespoke templates and the list went on. With this, my role changed into a Digital Manager where I was managing projects, servers, and went on to manage a Junior SEO Executive. Completing all the full stack development work made me want to be a full time developer, and that’s how I came to recently join We Create Digital.
What website would be on your bucket list to create at some point?
I would love to make a website that is an app as well. I have a keen interest in mobile app development using the React Native framework. In terms of the actual website, I would love to make a social network for medical professionals. A place where they can let their hair down, talk about what they have been up to (obviously without revealing any kind of personal data), and make friends with like-minded people.
Mac or PC?
I have a love for both the Mac and PC. When it comes to development, Mac is my go to machine. The feel of a Mac for development is great. It can quickly run processes and the screen is bright to see colour. As a simulation enthusiast, it has to be PC for playing simulation games.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I am an aviation nerd. I love going to the airport or military airbase and watch the aeroplanes all day. I take my camera, a packed lunch and my airband scanner, sitting there all day and watching all of the activity.
Favourite sports team/film/band?
My guilty pleasure has to be listening to George Ezra. However, I love listening to all types of music. It just depends on the mood that I am in!