Jack Turns Passion into Career
Turning your passion into a career is something many dream of,
and for one young undergraduate it has become a reality.
Jack Griffiths has had an interest in software development from
a young age, which made the decision easy when it came to choosing
a career path.
The 20-year-old is studying Computer Science at Robert Gordon
University. He is aiming to make his mark on the industry at
Aberdeen based firm Codify, and is the newest placement student to
join the support team at the company.
Jack's logical nature and meticulous attention to detail has
stood him in good stead already, and he is looking forward to
continuing to balance his degree while he settles into the working
Jack, who attended Westhill Academy, officially became a member
of the team five months ago. As part of his placement he works in
the support team on a variety of tasks, depending on the needs and
requirements of clients.
He said: "On a day to day basis I respond to client requests for
assistance and changes to their software to resolve any issues. So
I am at the other end of the phone or email, ready to make any
changes that they might need. My work here has really helped me
"It is not like university, where it is quite theory based. The
reality of applying it and being in the workplace is completely
different. Working here allows me to put that into practice."
Growing up, Jack would often watch his father, who founded
Codify, when he worked at home, and credits this with sparking his
interest in the industry.
"This has always been the kind of career I thought I would have
wanted to go into. My dad did not push me with what I wanted to do,
but supported me. When I was younger I did enjoy watching him code
at home, so that has influenced me I am sure. However I think I
would have ended up in this line of work no matter what, it is
where my interests lie and what I really enjoy doing," he said.
"When I was at school computing wasn't automatically available
as an advanced higher, but the school was able to arrange it. There
are around 40 people on my course doing computer science, and when
it comes to the university, the placement team is really good at
supporting you, and reminding you that it is good to get on and do
Looking ahead to the future, Jack is eager to build on the
skills he is cultivating at Codify.
He said: "In the long term I have yet to decide exactly what I
would want to do in the field, but some sort of software
development is what I intend to do. I am really happy with where I
am at the moment and looking forward to the future."