Why do you like it here at the Ireland software hub?
I like it here because it’s new, there is a sense of excitement. Every month we have new people starting and they’re all bringing different experiences. Everyone is excited to get projects off the ground and start something from scratch. It’s not something that many software engineers get to do in their careers. Here, everyone has the freedom to figure out where they fit into the software stack, or even software at Jaguar Land Rover which is unusual to have.
The ethos and attitude here is one of friendship, everyone is welcoming. There is a sense that if you have any questions you could ask anyone and if they can they will, if they can’t they’ll point you in the direction of someone who can.
Working in a cutting edge area like autonomous driving, things that I would never have thought of before don’t seem impossible, a world where cars are shared or self-driving is perfectly feasible and will definitely happen. Things like your accounts, logins or payments being enabled in car doesn’t seem outrageous.
What advice would you give to someone looking to join Jaguar Land Rover in the West of Ireland?
I would say be yourself, if you’re natural and genuine you’ll leave a better impression than someone who’s trying to be smarter or more experienced than they are.
Rehearse your CV, make sure you can talk about what you’ve written down.
What advice would you give to someone starting a career in software engineering?
Keep your GitHub up to date, if you can show that you’ve thought about code that’ll be relevant.
Also, because technology and the tools we use are changing so quickly keep on top of online courses such as Udacity. Some of them may not give qualifications but they show just how interested you are.
Join the team in our West of Ireland Software Hub.
At Jaguar Land Rover Ireland you will have the opportunity to design, develop and shape the future of autonomous, connected, electrified and electronic systems with two of the world’s most prestigious, premium, and luxury automotive brands.