What does your week usually involve in regards to work?
It usually involves working on the backend of the URSU website, adding new functionality for the system, and removing bugs. I also look after weekly maintenance of the URSU website and update web content as needed. I perform regular updates and testing of all software. I also coordinate special projects as identified by my supervisor, including follow-up as needed.
Are you a student? If so, what year of study and what field?
Yes, I am a student. I am pursuing MSc in Computer Science from the University of Regina and I am in the 2nd year of my degree.
How will this job help you in that field in the future and right now?
The Junior Developer is responsible for a wide variety of development and administrative duties in support of the University of Regina Students’ Union’s (URSU) Marketing Department. This position keeps me actively engaged in the development of new sites and web applications that improve the operational delivery and marketing of URSU products and services. Eventually, this job is providing me with industrial insight into how IT personnel adapt to an organization to improve and further its development.
What do you like the most about your job?
Problem Solving: You will get the best feeling in the world when solving any problem of other people. My job is all about that. I deal with lots of issues, bugs, updates, and system problems and it is my job to solve them. Solving problems always has a happy end-user and you are on the other side called ‘savior’. I guess that’s why I like solving problems (IT XD).
What do you like most about working at URSU?
On top of the list of things I like about the job is the productive team URSU has. Working with a hard-working team also boosts your enthusiasm to work. I like the way my team communicates and coordinates on different projects. This is the first time I was working with this big team but I can say I never had any problem and I am sure never will.
What are the biggest challenges or obstacles?
The main challenge is to keep myself organized with all the tasks. Working on lots of platforms sometimes messes up the priority of tasks. On top of that working from home has its challenges but I have successfully adapted to this transition and have become quite flexible in handling the workload.
How does your work benefit the students of the University of Regina and its Federated Colleges? How does it benefit the community?
My job is to assist the URSU organization in any sort of technical issue. Being a junior developer I am in-directly involved in all the services offered by URSU. As URSU supports the University of Regina’s students and I help URSU by being technical support.
What have you learned during your time working with URSU?
During my work with URSU, I was involved in lots of tasks that needed a team. The first thing I learned was being a team player. Another thing that I want to highlight is I also became more organized after joining the URSU team. Working on multiple tasks every day has helped me to develop a good habit of keeping myself organized with my schedule.
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