A Brief Summary

I currently work for Holiday Inn (IHG) as a Front Office Manager. I started my career at Holiday Inn just as college had ended and was working here alongside studying for my BSc Mathematics degree at the University of Greenwich. I began my journey here as a Food and Beverage Team Member and have progressed to becoming a Front Office Manager.

I have achieved a first class honours degree in Mathematics, however coming out of university I realised that I did not want a pure maths related job. During my studies I found that my favourite topics involved some form of programming. After graduation, just like a lot of graduates, I was unsure what to do with my life.

I had self-taught myself VBA and have been implementing ways to improve efficiency at work. I really fell in love with programming when I was able to help my manager by reduce a task that would normally take hours to complete to one that took only a mere 2 minutes by writing a program in VBA.

This year I have finally decided that I want to become a developer. I used Udemy to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python. Since completing the online courses, I have been working on projects to both build my portfolio and to develop my skills through practice.

Programming: How it all Started

My first taste as programming was during university where I had learnt MatLab as part of my course. At the time, I could not explain why I enjoyed Matlab, it just felt right. Unfortunately, as I was juggling both work at the Holiday Inn and studying for my degree, MatLab was an area I managed to invest much time in.

My final year of studies is where I really discovered my passion for programming. For my dissertation I decided that I wanted to produce a product rather then write a research paper. I taught myself VBA and the mechanics of fire. Using the two I created my first program which was a two-zone fire model.

The most enjoyable part of the project was learning an entire new language and starting to see the potential programming can have in my work. After university I continued developing in VBA and had made a number of programs at work for myself and my colleagues in order to help the team become more efficient.

This year I was introduced to the world of Python. Python completely changed the way I saw the world. I had already been finding a lot of limitations with VBA and this eradicated all limits and allowed so much more. I purchased a course on Udemy and instantly applied what I had learnt at work. I was able to create a simple script that saved us as a hotel 240 pages of printing a day, and was shared globally as part of the Green Engage initiative. In terms of my Python knowledge at this point, I had only just scratched the surface, and already I had made an impact!

This was the point I truly realised that I wanted to become a developer, and ever since that decision I have been constantly learning and working on projects so that I can hopefully open myself up to this new world I am so eager to join.