Getting stuck into tech
Jude was excited she was going back to a ‘techie’ job.
“It’s something I had wanted since leaving the world of IT consultancy, but I was probably more nervous because I really wanted the role to work out this time,” she says. “My biggest fear was whether I could remember my technical skills. It had been 18 months since I had ‘got my hands dirty’ writing code.”
She needn’t have worried. She had a talented, friendly and supportive team – something she had been desperate for in her previous role.
“There’s a lot to get your head around working for government,” she says. “I discovered I had some wonderful colleagues who were more than happy to sit with me and provide support when I needed help.”
Jude has been in her role a year now, and is thoroughly enjoying it, even though it’s been a steep learning curve.
“My initial fears quickly dissipated and I feel I’m a valuable member, contributing positively to the team,” she says. “I was thrown in at the deep end, coding ETL routines in Informatica and PL/SQL.
“The project I’m currently working on ingests data from Universal Credit to the data warehouse. Where data proves to be tricky, I also hand code PL/SQL scripts.”
Many initiatives, for example Fuel Poverty, require data from the Universal Credit system.
“This validates claimants benefits,” she says. “Getting the data out of Universal Credit and into the data warehouse so that it can be correctly analysed is an important part of the process.”