Andrew Barnes

Bespoke Consultant

My life before Waterstons

I joined Waterstons in July 2018 for a year in industry as a consultant within the Bespoke team. Leading up to this, I was studying Computer Science at Northumbria University in my second year. This is where I first met Waterstons and was fascinated with their distinctive values and customer focused approach to business. Prior to my enrolment at Northumbria I worked in customer service, helping to solve problems via telephone, email and face to face. My creativity, passion for software development and client focus are what drove me to pursue the placement at Waterstons.

My life at Waterstons

Even though I have just started my placement, everyone has been extremely welcoming and I have already gained valuable new skills working within the Bespoke department. I have begun to learn about React and also how to develop applications using C# and .NET with Visual Studio. Additionally, I have been learning about computer infrastructure and virtualisation for a fundamental understanding of IT service management. Throughout the year, I wish to build upon what I have already learnt to become proficient with the development technologies used within Waterstons. I aim to gain official Microsoft accreditation for my abilities and hope to undertake important project work for clients. Ultimately, the work I perform will be invaluable in supporting my learning at university and future career in software development.

My life outside of Waterstons

I am passionate about creating and playing music, having previously played bass guitar in a band. I enjoy composing music using guitar or synth and can be regularly found jamming with friends. I also like to help people build their own PCs and enjoy learning about new areas of computer programming. I often organise road trips and love to travel and experience different cultures. I am enthusiastic about Formula 1, story-driven video games and Japanese cars.


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