August Spartan of the Month: Sebastian Lewis19/09/2019
“When it comes to Seb, we have received nothing but consistently excellent feedback about his performance onsite. After studying at our Birmingham Academy, he relocated to Northampton for his first technology role and has approached any and every challenge head-on. He continues to push himself to learn new skills, fill any gaps in his knowledge and grow in confidence.”
Chris White, Sales Director at Sparta Global
How did you first come across Sparta Global?
I had studied Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, but was struggling to find any work. I was starting to get worried, but then I stumbled on an advert from Sparta Global on a job website and - even with only a brief description - a consultant role sounded like exactly what I was looking for.
I received a few interviews for IT roles around the same time, but Sparta Global was by far the friendliest and most appealing company. Since being accepted, they have continued to be a great company to work for.
Where did you train with Sparta Global and which course did you study?
I studied on the SDET course at Sparta Global’s Birmingham Academy. I joined in May 2018 and graduated in August 2018 – just a couple of days before starting my placement!
How did you find your training at the Academy?
University wasn't really for me, but the Academy training helped me gain the confidence I'd lost and learn new skills. My trainer and fellow Spartans helped make each day great.
From a technical aspect, when I was studying at university I never looked much into testing and knew it was a knowledge gap for me. The academy helped me fill that gap and gain a number of other key skills along the way.
How did your training prepare you for work?
There have been countless times on placement where I've used knowledge or experiences from training, but I particularly benefit from the collaborative skills I developed. The projects I worked on in the Academy were some of the first realistic experiences I've had of working to a deadline with specific stakeholders and requirements. These experiences stood me in good stead for my first placement. While the way the curriculum is set has also helped me to remain proactive while working.
Being placed with a number of other Spartans was also a great help. I started on a DevOps project which was completely new to me, but working with the other Spartans meant there was a real sense of friendship and support between us. Every one of the Spartans I've interacted with has helped get me to where I am today!
Tell us a little more about your first tech role
I am currently placed with a client in Northampton as a Technical Consultant - mainly helping with development, DevOps, and automation.
It’s exciting, interesting, fulfilling - and pretty much any positive word you could think of! Before joining Sparta Global my only experience was voluntary and non-technical, so I feel ecstatic when people take on board my suggestions and task me with something challenging. This role has helped boost my confidence a lot!
Have you enjoyed working in the tech industry and if so – why?
I've really enjoyed it and it's definitely what I want to continue to do. It's been challenging, but I've never felt completely out of my depth (for too long at least) and find that the more challenging it is the more I enjoy it.
How does it feel to be named Spartan of the month?
Being named Spartan of the month came out of the blue but I'm really grateful. I have been extremely happy in my role and this is an extra layer of happiness and confirmation that I mustn't be doing too badly!
Would you recommend Sparta to other graduates and if so – why?
I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, Sparta has been perfect. For anyone willing and keen to put the effort in I can't think of a better way to get your foot in the door.