Web Developer (July 2017 - Present)
This was the start of my Web Development career. I joined Semantic straight after I finished my Extended Diploma at Brockenhurst College. Prior to joining Semantic as a full time Web Developer, I did 2 weeks Work Experience during the Easter Holidays of 2017.
This is when I knew that Web Development was something that I wanted to pursue. Since joining Semantic I have learnt so much, growing and maturing as both a Web Developer and a person.
|Curiosity and Inquisitiveness||As a developer, when your code works (or it doesn’t) you need to not be afraid to ask “why” and keep digging till you find the answer. Web developers need to be willing to experiment, whether it’s with learning a new language or approaching a project or task in a new way.|
|Flexibility||The Web industry can be unpredictable, so being able to adjust to the needs of your business or product when they change is important. As a developer, you need to have the ability to switch contexts or the scope of a project unexpectedly, and then go back to pick up where you left off.|
|Love of Learning||There’s always something new to learn. As a developer, you need to stay current and up-to-date with the industry and new technologies. When an issue arises, you need to be able to investigate its cause and learn about the problem before you can solve it effectively.|
|Pragmatism||Problems you might encounter with a project as a developer can be unique. With that in mind, being able to understand that the best solution and “correct” solution aren’t always the same is important. Wanting to get to the bottom of a problem is very important!|
|Team Player||As a developer, you’ll not only work on your own, but more importantly with other web developers. You may also find yourself working closely with a marketing, support or sales team, or working directly with clients. So you must be able to work well in a team.|
|Excellent Communicator||Finally, being an excellent communicator is vital. You need to be open with your team and communicate what you're working on and issues that you may run into, so your team knows what's going on. As a developer, you need to also understand some clients won't understand what you're talking about, especially when you get technical. When this happens, you need to make sure you slow down and try getting your point across differently.|
|Project||How was I involved?|
|Merlin Annual Pass and Local Annual Pass Sale's||
Merlin occasionally has an Annual Pass (otherwise known as MAP) and a Local Pass (otherwise known as LAP) sale. Being a Support developer at Semantic, I play a big part in these sales.
This is because the sale includes creating a lot of demo pages with new visuals and content. Not only this, but it also comes with a big deadline and the need to implement switchover code. It is vital that the switchover code was added to all the relevant pages and that it was tested to make sure it will go live when required.
The sites affected are Chessington, Warwick and then Dungeons.needed
I was also very proud of an email I received from the Senior team at Semantic, informing me that revenue increased massively towards the end of the sale. Meaning that work I was doing for the sale was helping to drive urgency.
|Sea Life Trust Rebuild||
When I started at Semantic, the SEA LIFE Trust site was written in DNN, meaning that it was not very manageable, it was not easy to do updates. One of my first tasks at Semantic was to rebuild this site. This rebuild was one of the biggest challenges I have faced, but it was the first site I published.
Since the site rebuild I have been in regular contact with SEA LIFE Trust carrying out various content updates. This has included updates for the Sea Life Trust Gweek transfer and the Beluga Whale Sanctuary. Which turned out to be a success after seeing money raised towards the cause.
|Accesso store updates||
I have also taken lead role in a couple of Accesso store link updates. The first occasion was for the Blackpool Cluster, this included the Blackpool Tower and the Blackpool Dungeon. My job was to switch the store link to the new one and then update all the products, tickets and events on the site to match the new ID’s / Promocodes. This was obviously very important!
Shortly after doing the Blackpool Cluster, I then carried out the Accesso store update for Warwick Castle. Both the tasks also involved a conference call to ensure that the switch over was a success. The transition for both of these projects was very smooth, leaving the clients very happy.
Merlin Privacy was another big project that I was heavily involved in with the team. I was initially given the task of developing the wireframes for this site, that had been approved by Merlin.
Not only was I involved in the design of the site, I was also part of the process of hooking the templates that I created into Umbraco, the CMS that we were using. Just like many other projects that I have been involved in, I have since carried out updates for the site.
|Merlin's Magic Wand USA||
Another project that I took lead control of was Merlin's Magic Wand USA. This involved heavy updates to the site, including a new layout for the Magic Spaces hub and its sub pages. This also included other content / visual updates across the site.
The project included various conference calls with the client, who at the time was based out in San Francisco. I really enjoyed this project and was glad to see it all go live!
|Merlin Clubcard Promotions||
I was heavily involved in creating the Merlin Clubcard Promotions site. This included adding a Merlin Annual Pass page and Standard Ticket page for each attraction. I was comfortable with developing this site as a lot of it was very similar to the work I had carried out when rebuilding the Sea Life Trust site (adding each individual page and its corresponding controller etc).
This was also very similar to work that I carried out for the Merlin British Gas rewards site. I have enjoyed working and developing these Merlin sites.
|Chessington Schools Hub||
Building a Schools Hub for Chessington was also one of my first tasks. This was also one of the first projects that I took lead in. I successfully developed a Schools Hub which branched off to many sub pages.
Since the Hub has gone live, it has been added to the main navigation and I have been regularly updating the content in the Hub.
During my time at Semantic, I have developed various different skills and become experienced with various skills /tools. I have listed some of them below:
Other notable skills/ tools that I have familiarized myself with include C#, Bootstrap, Google Analytics/ Tag Manager, Visual Studio and Dreamweaver / FileZilla (FTP).
Brockenhurst College (September 2015 - July 2017)
During my time at Brockenhurst College, I studied a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing. The course itself was 2 years and consisted of 17 units.
I walked away from College with D*D*D* and was honoured to have been awarded the 2017 Computer Science and IT Student of the Year.
|Communication and Employability Skills for IT||Distinction|
|Systems Analysis and Design||Distinction|
|Client Side Customisation of Web Pages||Distinction|
|CCNA Fundamentals of Networking||Distinction|
|Event Drive Programming||Distinction|
|Object Orientated Programming||Distinction|
|Controlling Computer Systems Using IT||Distinction|
|Web Server Scripting||Distinction|
|CCNA Routers and Routing Protocols||Distinction|
|CCNA LAN Switching and Wireless||Distinction|
Apart from being a Web Developer, I enjoy travelling both up and down the Country every other weekend for the Football.
I have been a Season Ticket holder at Southampton Football Club for over 7 years now and have only missed a handful of away games. Not only do I love watching Football, I also love playing it, whether that is 5 aside or just a kick about with friends.
Not so much now, but when I was younger I used to do alot of competition swimming. I began swimming at the age of just 3. This was something I took great pride in and was always determined to come out on top!
My first Website!
Around The Grounds, also known as ATG, is an Umbraco based website showcasing the Grounds and Clubs that I have visited as an avid Football fan. The site has 2 Hubs, a Grounds Hub and a Clubs Hub.
The site also features an away game Timeline, this shows every away game that I have been to as a Southampton fan.
Umbraco Certified Professional - 100 points
2017 Computer Science and IT Student of the Year at Brockenhurst College
Graduated from Brockenhurst College with D*D*D*
Valid NPLQ qualification
Obtained my full driving licence
School Senior Prefect
Launching my first website: Around The Grounds
5 plus years of competition swimming, earning over 25 medals
Leisure Attendant (January 2015 - August 2017)
During my time at Brockenhurst College, I was a part time Lifeguard. I joined Totton Health and Leisure Recreation Centre straight after I finished my GCSE's at Applemore College. Prior to joining Totton Recreation Centre, I also did 2 weeks Work Experience in the Summer of 2014.
At Totton Recreation Centre I was working contracted shifts, between 15 - 20 hours a week and attending Staff Training once a month to keep my NPLQ qualification valid.
Please see the reference from my trainer here
|Reliable||A lifeguard must be reliable! This is because they are trusted with ensuring people are safe in and around the swimming pool. You wouldn’t want an unreliable lifeguard looking after your safety.|
|Good communicator||Lifeguarding requires excellent communication skills. Sometimes lifeguards have to negotiate tricky situations if customers/patrons are unruly. In addition they must be able to act in an emergency and communicate with fellow lifeguards and emergency services to communicate a rescue or medical treatment.|
|Leadership||Lifeguards may be required to take charge of an emergency situation such as co-ordinating the rescue of a swimmer in difficulty. This will require leadership and team working skills. A lifeguard rarely works on their own, so being able to step into a leadership or team role is vital.|
|Professional||Being professional encompasses treating the job with respect. Turning up on time, with the correct uniform and right mental attitude is all part of being professional. This is a vital characteristic of a lifeguard.|
|Highly skilled||It goes without saying that a lifeguard needs to be good at what they do! Lifeguards learn a variety of practical skills including water rescue and spinal injury management. They need to continually refresh and update their skills to ensure they remain proficient.|
Applemore College (September 2010 - July 2015)
I walked away from Secondary School with 15 GCSE's, gaining a qualification for every Subject / Exam that I took. During my time at School, I was also selected to be a Senior Prefect.
|Art and Design||C|
|Philosophy and Ethics||B|
|Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 2||Pass|