Investing in the future - Luke
Knowing what you want to pursue as a career is half the battle
but often getting the chance to gain experience in your chosen
industry can be difficult.
Luke Fisher has been interested in computers from a young age
and was determined to turn this passion into a career. Currently in
his third year studying towards a BSC in Computer Science at Robert
Gordon University (RGU), Luke started a year-long placement with
Aberdeen based software specialist Codify earlier this year.
Codify has a commitment to providing graduate opportunities and
currently has four employees who have been through a placement with
them over the past 4 years, as well as one active placement
student. This is part of a recruitment strategy which has been at
the core of the business since it was established 15 years ago.
Luke, who was educated at Portlethen Academy, believes that the
practical learning experience he is gaining at Codify during his
placement is invaluable.
"I was lucky to find a company like Codify that was able to
offer a placement for a long length of time, especially as I know
some people in my year have found it difficult. I feel like I have
known what I wanted to do from a young age and had my mind set on
that to ensure I was on the right track. I am quite fortunate in
that respect," he said.
"I find the work interesting and think I have integrated quite
well into the company. The environment here is very welcoming and
it is exactly what I was hoping for. It is challenging but that is
a great way to learn. Software development as an industry is
constantly evolving and it is fantastic to be a part of that. I
have a great opportunity here with Codify and I would like to see
how far I could go with them and what I could achieve here."
Luke works in the support team at Codify, a challenging role
which is at the forefront of the business.
He said: "I handle support calls, so clients getting in touch
with problems, queries and things that need to be changed in their
system. If there is an issue we can look into what is causing it
and fix it. It is really satisfying when you are responsible for
improving their system and solving issues for them.
"In my support role you never know what challenge you are going
to have to be faced with, so there is enjoyment in the variety and
the sense of achievement you get from solving problems. That change
you have made could have a big impact on the client's program and
that is a good feeling. I enjoy working with the technical
Graeme Humphrey, managing director of Codify, said the company
is proud that so many of their placement students have chosen to
pursue their career with the company.
"It has always been part of our ethos to create a welcoming and
stimulating atmosphere for students. The fact that we currently
have four post placement students working for us confirms that we
have achieved that. The new ideas, passion and enthusiasm they
bring to Codify is fantastic and mixes well with the experienced
members of our team," he said.
"Luke has taken to life at Codify very well and we look forward
to supporting him throughout his placement and university studies.
Our close working relationships with both RGU and the University of
Aberdeen has proved hugely beneficial to us and vice-versa, as we
have been able to give placement opportunities for a number of
students. The advantages to us are obvious as we have been able to
grow our team with talented and fresh thinkers, while also helping
young people get a foot in the door."
While Luke has just recently begun his Codify journey, colleague
Ben Owen first experienced Codify life on a placement in 2011.
The 24-year-old also studied Computer Science at RGU and worked
part-time at Codify while he completed his studies.
He said: "I felt like quite a lot of trust was put in me from
the start. I was involved with day to day systems which was
interesting. It was a great learning experience which I got a lot
from. You hear of placements where companies don't really engage
with students so it was great to be given responsibility from the
start and be part of a team."