Posted by on March 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

Errietta-KostalaName: Errietta Kostala

Company name: FairFX

Position: Software Architect

What did you want to be when you grew up? I guess it was a variety of things that changed over time. I think the first thing I wanted to be was a teacher, but then it changed to a video games tester because I thought it would mean playing video games for work all day. I started programming when I was 13 then realised that’s what I actually wanted to do.

How did you know Web Technologies was what you wanted to study at the University of Huddersfield? I’m a different-than-average case because I was an EU student from Greece. I didn’t like the IT courses offered in the country, and wanted to do something more practical. I heard about the University at an exhibition of UK Universities that came to Greece and I absolutely loved the course because I’d already started teaching myself web programming and knew I liked it.

What was your plan of action when searching for jobs post-graduation? I was lost for a while, was looking at different places but wasn’t having much luck when I was searching on my own. I looked at a Perl job site because Perl is one of the programming languages that I know.  I saw a job titled “Software Architect, Finance, Central London, with SWIMMING POOL ON SITE” and I thought I could never get it, but I polished my CV and applied anyway. I met an amazing recruiter on the website, and the rest was history. 

What did you find the hardest when searching for jobs post-graduation? Interestingly enough I think it was dealing with my own lack of confidence and slight dose of impostor syndrome.

What is your current role post-graduation? Software Architect at FairFX.

What does your average day look like at FairFX? If I could sum it up in a single phrase it would be “solving problems”. I have a lot of work to do, but it’s great and I often pair with somebody else rather than just working alone which makes it more fun and extremely efficient.

What do you most enjoy at FairFX? We have such a good team dynamic and always work together.

What’s your biggest achievement to date? Conquering my fears and applying for the Web Technologies course at the University of Huddersfield, moving from my home country to live alone for the first time ever. And then doing it again to move down to London and get this job!

What piece of advice would you give to a 1st year Web Technologies student at the University of Huddersfield?The most important thing in this field of work, as scary as it sounds, is meeting people. However, there are many fun and non-scary ways to do this such as being involved in programming workshops, attending conferences, and so on. If you’re great and have people who know it, you have all you need for a great career ahead of you.

What piece of advice would you give to a final year student searching for a job post-graduation? The Careers & Employability Service at the University is amazing. Outside of that, make sure you look for recruiters that are more technically minded and know what you’re talking about.

What would you do differently if you went back to University? Be less shy and more confident!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? As weird as it sounds, acting! You get to a point where you realise that in job interviews but also in everyday life you have to project confidence, even if it means faking it (sometimes)!

What would be your ultimate dream job? In an ideal world I’d be able to code tons of amazing things everyday with nothing ever going wrong, but I think that would eventually get boring….

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