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Spotlight: Evelyn Utterson, Software Engineering Educator at Lloyds Banking Group

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I once won 100 creme eggs (but only kept 30 of them!)

Tell us about your career journey so far

After finishing a Philosophy degree, I didn’t have a clear direction and tried out a few different career ideas. I trained as a Careers Adviser, and joked that “If this still isn’t the right move, at least I’ll be surrounded by people that can help me figure out what is!” A few years into that, I started learning to code in my spare time and quickly developed a passion for it, so decided to make a career change and retrained as a Software Engineer through a coding bootcamp. I worked commercially as a developer for a few years, then sort of fell into a training role, which led to my current role where I’m combining the skills gained throughout my career to date.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

Art & Design - I wasn’t overly good at it, but really enjoyed making things and expressing my creativity.

What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?

For me, programming is similar to learning to write in a foreign language so having an understanding of some other languages, even at a basic level, has been a massive help in getting familiar with new programming languages and understanding how to ‘translate’ from human-speak to computer-readable code.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Seeing the progress of the colleagues I’ve trained as they move into their new roles and continue to develop. That, and witnessing the individual ‘lightbulb’ moments when an idea or concept really clicks for someone and their confidence grows.

What is a normal day in your role like?

Varied! A couple of days each week I’ll be delivering a training session or hosting a presentation. The rest of the time is spent in planning meetings, preparing materials, and collating learning resources. And there’s usually a few emails to respond to too!

Suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?

A big part of my work involves getting people inspired and excited about the possibilities code can create. Some great introductory resources for this are Blockly Games, a selection of games where you use code (JavaScript) to progress through the levels, and X-ray Goggles, that lets you see behind the scenes on websites and even edit the content (only on your local copy of the website though!)

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