What's a returner? Dave U

Mar 23rd, 2020

I would say to businesses to look past a person's experience in a certain language or cloud technology as this can be learnt and look at what transferable skills people have

In our 'What's a Returner' series we're addressing common misconceptions around returner talent and sharing the stories of real life returners who have been through our programme and now work in industry.

We know from conversations with businesses that there is a lack of understanding about just 'who a returner is' and the value they bring to a business. Here we talk to Dave U ,a graduate of Tech Returners Cohort 4 about his journey and whats he's doing now.

Tell us a bit about your previous experience and why you decided to make a career change into tech.

I had worked for a company called Cheshire Data Systems for most of the time after graduating from University in 2004 with a degree in Electronics and Computer Systems Engineering. I worked as a Product Tester, Product Developer and Product Development Manager in their Production Division. I worked with old technologies and "on prem" servers.

I wanted to work with newer technologies and the cloud but they didn't offer a pathway to move over to the Development Division where they used these new technologies and had started to use AWS. After going to a few meetups and learning on my own, I saw a tweet from the Tech Returners team and applied for the programme.

Having been through the Your Journey Into Tech programme, what would you say to businesses about returners?

I would say to businesses to look past a person's experience in a certain language or cloud technology as this can be learnt and look at what transferable skills people have. Returners often have years of gaining experience in dealing with stakeholders, understanding business problems, and organising their own work.

The "soft" (which their value is underestimated) skills of a returner are usually well developed, as they have spent years already working in teams.

If an individual can get through the Tech Returners course they can learn any other programming langauge or cloud technology that a business uses.

What’s your role now?

My role now is a Software Engineer at Lloyds Bank. My day to day is working with a PAAS cloud solution, building and maintaining CI/CD pipelines, working within the scrum agile framework in two weekly sprints.

What technologies/languages/tech stack are you working with?

Tech used:- Jenkins, GitHub, Kubernetes, Istio, Helm, NodeJS, React, Java, Yaml, and Groovy.

What development processes or practices do you utilise as a team and how are you finding them?

We use Scrum as our Agile process in two weekly sprints. and use Confluence to document how we use the tools effectively.

Want to learm more about hiring returner talent just like Dave? Get in touch hello@techreturners.com to discuss returners looking for roles right now or supporting future returner journeys