Welcome to the team, Michael!

It’s no easy task starting a new job in lockdown, but Michael has joined the team as a junior front-end developer and quickly made his mark. 
Let’s get to know him a bit better…

You’re currently studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Computer Programming; can you tell us a little more about it?  
It’s mostly a course that covers various areas of computing such as networking, programming, cybersecurity etc. The course aims to give the student a basic taste of what that area of computing is like so that they can decide whether they would like to pursue a career in that area or not. For me, the web development parts were the most enjoyable, so I decided to focus on learning more about web development in my own time.

Specifically, how do you think your experience will benefit the NFP and charity sector? 
The charity sector is known to have a mostly outdated set of technologies. By implementing brand new and modern websites and apps, we can massively improve the effectiveness of those charities, allowing them to not only bring in new donors but also increase the retention rate.   

How are you finding working full-time and being a student?  
I find that most of my university work can be completed on the weekend, so I can spend all my time Monday-Friday focussing on my job at Dreamscape. 

Where did your interest in web design come from? Did anybody inspire you?
I watched a Youtuber called Andy Sterkowitz, who spoke about how he became a website developer and what being a website developer is. I reached out to him, telling him that he really inspired me to follow this path, and luckily, he responded with an offer to become my mentor for a few months. He taught me a lot about the industry. 

Being a web developer is like being a professional problem solver when faced with a challenge, how do you tackle it?
If it is a problem I have faced before, I will take a moment to think about it and recall the solution. If it is a problem I have never encountered before, I will explore the possible solutions before googling it. A wise man once said, "A developer is a professional Googler".

What is one thing you could not live without? 
Air, food, water, vital organs etc. But most of all a dream, a goal, something to work towards. 

When you have free time, what do you do?
I will either sit down with my bass and try write a new piece of music which can sometimes take 5+ hours or I will meet up with my friends and go somewhere fun/relaxed (theme parks, hiking etc.). If I'm doing neither of these, I'm likely playing video games or studying.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I don’t even have to think about this – Japan.

Death row meal?
Gazpacho soup

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