Consultant blog: “At The Law Society, I see how my work is providing continuous improvement every day.”06/06/2018
Sparta Global’s training gave me the opportunity to grow my technical knowledge for my future career
Darren Tang is a Spartan graduate working at The Law Society. After completing a degree at the University of Wolverhampton in Computer Games Design, Darren ran his own company. Though successful, Darren began to look into a new career as a Business or Test Analyst and quickly enrolled in the Sparta Global programme. We caught up with Darren to discuss his role at The Law Society and what it’s like to be at the forefront of the company’s new wave of IT modernisation...
Tell us a little bit about your tech journey so far
After completing my university degree, I found myself increasingly immersed in the world of tech. My games company aimed to create and make Unreal Engine 4 Blueprints – allowing players to change and tweak game mechanics to suit their preferences. I learned a lot of lessons in game design – and the company is still going strong today – but I found myself wanting to learn more about working as a Business or Test Analyst. After coming across Sparta Global online, I quickly enrolled in its programme.
I graduated from the Sparta Academy in 2017. Shortly after completing my Sparta Global training in Birmingham, I was approached to interview for a role at The Law Society. I then began my new job as a Software Tester.
How did your training prepare you for future employment?
At the Sparta Academy I trained in Business Analysis, Testing and Project Management. I found the training – including how our teachers interacted with the course, each other and us as students –replicated working in a corporate environment really well. I learned a lot and felt like I could hit the ground running on client site. I had the opportunity to lead projects - a role I am naturally drawn to but could not fulfil had I joined a company at entry-level - and developed an approach of taking care of problems before they become a serious issue. The training taught me to deal with issues quickly and effectively, a discipline I carried into my current role.
How is your work as a Software Tester positively impacting The Law Society?
My work is making a real difference. I am seeing continuous improvement from the system through defect fixing. While this is rewarding for me, it provides a real, tangible benefit to the company.
I am particularly proud of my work on the recent IT modernisation project for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA is the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales and is responsible for managing more than 125,000 solicitors and ensuring they maintain professional conduct. As The Law Society is the representative body for solicitors, I have seen major benefits from my work on modernising the SRA’s system and how it is now easier for the authority to manage thousands of solicitors.
In the 11 months I have been at The Law Society I have attended countless workshops, written scripts and worked on user acceptance testing and retesting projects. The company offers a thriving community and amazing people that I enjoy working with on a daily basis. I also have the opportunity to continue to improve my knowledge on testing to help me in my future career.