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Victoria University of Wellington ICT Careers Expo

In early May, a sizeable chunk of Powershop’s delivery team made a bright pink appearance at the ICT careers expo at Victoria University’s Kelburn campus. We were a diverse group of former and current Vic Uni students, dev managers and our almighty CTO. We set up our stall in the morning, and set out to make a lasting impression on every student we talked to. Our goal with this event was to spread the word about Powershop’s delivery work and culture, and to meet some awesome people. Powershop has had great success with finding interns through Summer of Tech (SoT) in the past; we’ve hired 14 interns through SoT over the last four summers! Nine of these interns are now working as permanent full-time software developers (including myself), and the current batch of interns are with us part time while they finish their studies. Our internship programme aims to give students an all-encompassing experience of […]

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Fear and Coding at Powershop

Starting a new job is an experience that falls somewhere between ‘somewhat stressful’ and ‘utterly terrifying’. When I started at Powershop 10 months ago I was very anxious, not least because it was my first job as a Software Developer. My mood one week after starting at Powershop was the polar opposite. I still felt like the ‘new guy’ in a lot of ways (I didn’t yet feel comfortable coming to work in jandals and shorts, for example), but my anxiety had been replaced with confidence and excitement. This transformation can be largely attributed to the unique training program that all new Ruby on Rails developers go through at Powershop called the “Devtrain”. This blog post explores the Devtrain experience, in particular as it pertains to employee fear and anxiety. Before we get into that, though, let’s take a quick look at where I’d come from prior to joining Powershop: Hospitality Construction Agricultural Contracting Sales Evangelism […]

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Meet Chelsea

Chelsea is one of the friendly faces of the testing and service delivery team. She’s fond of animals and loves chocolate a little *too* much. Favourite pastimes include sleeping, computer games, cartooning and writing. Job title: Test Analyst What that actually means: Chelsea helps make sure the software we are building is awesome and aligns to business and user needs. Chelsea comes from: The Land of Ooo.

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Meet Matt

Matt is one of our fantastic Powershop designers, who enjoys creating a smooth and beautiful user experience. He loves to brew beer and play football (hopefully independent of each other), but he doesn’t like paperwork, so please don’t give him any. He can sometimes be seen carrying around a fancy camera or two. Apparently a few years ago he produced a hip-hop album! Perhaps we’ll have to start calling him Matty Matt. Job title: Interaction Lead What that actually means: Matt looks after the product (the Powershop customer site); balancing customer and business needs. Matt comes from: Dunedin.

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Meet Nick

Meet Nick! As our youngest developer he comes to us with lots of enthusiasm and a love for learning and teaching. Nick loves to longboard down hills and listen to hip hop. Job Title: Developer What that actually means: Nick works across the stack. He spends a lot of time helping people (peer programming). Nick comes from: Christchurch Nick’s heroes are: Notch, Rodney Mullen, Mozilla Favourite quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

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Meet Rachel

Rachel is the badger-loving, saxophone-playing Rails developer and charismatic leader of Team Taniwha. She has a passion for very hoppy beer and once saw Nirvana live (a very long time ago). She also once played in the John Rowles backing band, whatever that means. Job title:  Delivery Team Lead What that actually means: Enabling her team to write code and deliver – ideally she writes code and delivers, too. You can spot Rachel’s desk because: It is home of the The Wombat of Code. When the Wombat is out – Do not disturb, Rachel is busy programming! There will also always be a healthy supply of post-it notes to hand. Rachel comes from: Childhood in the Naki, adulthood in the UK. Rachel’s heroes are: Bill Bailey, Stephen Fry, Brian Cox, Marcus de Sautoy, Jim Al-Khalili.

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Meet Kelly

Kelly is one of our super talented interaction designers who also regularly wears her developer hat – she loves coding in CSS and HTML (no really, she does!). You won’t catch her cleaning up her desk often but you’re likely to see her out and about with her camera, doing VJing around town or organising tech events (like Rails Girls Wellington). Before joining us at Powershop she worked for a 5-person startup that raised ₤600,000 in 10 days from equity crowdfunding. Wow!! Job title: Interaction Designer/Developer What that actually means: Kelly sits in between dev and design making wireframes and then integrating them into the product from a front-end perspective. She’s currently working on the new shop UI and refactoring our CSS into Atomic Design structure. You can spot Kelly’s desk because: She has an impressively cluttered desktop. “I think she’s trying to create dark matter from the density of those files” and “Ouch that hurts my […]