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March Spartan of the Month: James Dorling

James studied computer games programming at university and struggled to secure a job in the technology industry. That was, until he discovered Sparta Global! Now an SDET at a large public sector organisation, discover James’ story below…

What and where did you study at university? Or did you not study at university at all?

I studied Computer Games Programming at De Montford University.

Where did you train with Sparta Global and which course did you study?

I trained remotely and studied the Java SDET course.

When did you join and graduate?

I graduated from De Montford University in July 2021, joining Sparta in the November. I graduated from the Sparta Global Academy in February 2022.

How did you decide Sparta Global was the right career move for you?

I knew I always wanted to work in the technology industry and after graduating, I applied to several companies but had no luck. My friend suggested applying for Sparta, and within a matter of weeks, I was offered a great role.

How did you find your training at the Academy, and how did your training prepare you for work?

The training at the Academy was really fun! Manish and Kieran were great, and being surrounded by really kind, likeminded individuals who wanted to learn the same subject was an amazing experience. Since joining my client, I have found that the training actually overprepared me!

Can you tell us about the connections you have built through Sparta? How have you found the community to be?

I have met some great people during my time at Sparta Global. If I’m being honest, the people here at Sparta have been some of the most supportive people I have ever met. Kieran and Manish were outstanding in terms of support, alongside my course mates. My engagement advisor, Ryan Lobo has been cheerful and kind, I always enjoy the meetings we have because they are so light-hearted.

What is your current position and with what company?

I am working as an SDET for a large public sector organisation. My role is hybrid, meaning I work half as a developer and half as a tester.

Tell us a little bit about your day-to-day role. What do you get stuck into?

Currently, I am required to work with testing systems, however, as the priorities shift, I am going to be focusing more on the development side of my role. I also assist with live support, meaning hunting down and fixing bugs as customers raise them.

How have you found your first tech role?

I have found my first tech role challenging, but fair. Getting to grips with my client’s individual systems was difficult, in addition to the daunting nature of joining a new team. However, everyone has been super supportive and helpful, which allowed me to hit the ground running. It has definitely been an enjoyable experience.

Are you enjoying working in the tech industry and if so – why?

Yes, absolutely. It has always been my goal to work in the technology industry due to my love of coding. This, partnered with the continuous learning aspect of my role, means that it is extremely fulfilling.

Every day offers a new learning experience, and every day I feel like I make more and more progress towards my goals.

What are you looking forward to doing in your new role?

I am looking forward to properly sinking my teeth into the development side of my role, as well as continuing to write code.

How did it feel to be named Spartan of the Month?

It feels pretty good, and it makes me feel appreciated which is cool! 

Would you recommend Sparta to other graduates and if so – why?

Yes, absolutely. Sparta is better than a foot in the door, it’s a hand coming out of the door to pull you through. I have learnt so much and I know that I will continue to learn while I’m here.


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