Post written by Fletcher Pearmaine, Year 12 student at Pimlico Academy.
I am currently in year 12 and studying maths, physics, and computer science. I wanted to get an understanding of how computing skills such as data analysis and computational thinking is applied in the working environment. I chose to take a weeks work experience at Mime as they handle tasks such as data analysis and web development, which I am interested in.
One of my roles at Mime was to test a website being developed to point out issues and bugs. The website is called Future Folio which is an educational tool to allow students from year 7 onwards to build themselves a portfolio of soft skills that they have shown. During the week, I interviewed teachers and students at my school to get their feedback on the website and used this feedback to help Mime improve the website. The improvements ranged from usability issues, such as bugs and issues concerning ease of use, to extra things that they would like the website to include.
I was introduced to a few programming languages, such as Visual Basic, and was shown how the languages are relevant to the work that Mime does. This has given me a better understanding of the practical software development that goes on in the technology industry.
By the end of the week, I produced documents summarising my work. I also did a PowerPoint presentation that I presented to the people at Mime. I achieved a lot during my week of work experience.