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How I use technology for good

1. What is your background, and why did you want to work in technlogy with the Met Office?

I had my first experience of coding when I was studying physics at university, and I loved it! After graduating I wanted to continue learning programming while I was living in Spain. So, as a personal project, I developed an Android app to provide weather forecast for Galician beaches. 

After I moved to Exeter with my family, an opportunity arose for me to join the Met Office as a Junior Developer. I landed in a great team, and the environment my colleagues provided, as well as the work itself, enabled me to learn and grow both professionally and personally. I liked working in IT, and still having close ties to science, contributing to services that have a positive impact on society. 

2. What does your team do?

I’m part of the Data Services Team where each of the squads is named after an animal. My animal is Meerkat!

My team is responsible for implementing and supporting interfaces providing data to many of our public facing systems, including the app and the website. These interfaces form part of the Met Office national capability that underpins all our weather and climate services. 

3. What do you do on a typical working day? 

I enjoy cycling to the office because it helps me to start the day with a fresh mind – especially during the winter.  

Normally I begin my day by catching up on emails and messages, as well as focussing on key tasks. Then I have a catch-up with my team and other meetings to discuss present and future priorities.  

In programming, we constantly introduce changes to the code we produce. As part of my responsibilities, I review my team’s code changes to ensure the changes meet requirements and follow best practices. I also guide and support my team, and resolve any issues that could interfere in their work. I meet with those I manage to discuss workload and their progress towards their objectives and development towards personal career goals. I am normally able to set aside time for my own personal development, writing code, and to investigate system enhancements, new features and tools. 

4. What do you most enjoy about your role, and what are the challenges?

As Technical Lead, my working days are dynamic and challenging. Juggling multiple tasks at the same time can be difficult, but it also offers me variety in what I do. I particularly enjoy collaborating with various teams and helping to resolve problems. I also find it rewarding to help my team to develop their skills and progress in their careers.  

5. What do you like about working in tech with the Met Office, and why would you recommend it to others?  

Anyone who works in tech with the Met Office has access to cutting-edge technologies, an enriching and dynamic environment fostered by interdisciplinary internal and external collaboration, and professional development opportunities such as   training, and attending conferences and events.  

Working with the Met Office gives me a sense of purpose, and I find it motivating to have a positive impact on many people, helping them to make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. The talented people, sense of community, and the respectful and supportive environment together make the Met Office a great place to work.  

This article was published in February 2024

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