Finn Gagliano                 

Office location: Shelford

Department: Dev-Ops/Test    

Why did you choose StarLeaf to complete your Year in Industry?

After coming for an interview at StarLeaf and meeting many of the engineers, I could really see myself learning a lot from all of the extraordinarily intelligent people that work for the company. The company ethos is brilliant; So much support is given to every employee and this was evident straight away when visiting the office.

What exciting projects have you worked on at StarLeaf so far?

My role is split between manual and automated testing. I’ve been involved in the automated test scripting, working closely with the dev team to make sure that the autotest infrastructure efficiently tests the features of the app. This has specifically helped my programming skills and overall quality as an engineer. My projects in manual test have been equally helpful for me also, with one of my main projects so far being audio latency testing. I ran a script that measured the StarLeaf app’s audio latency and graphed my results. The developers then used these to analyze what improvements needed to be made to improve the quality of StarLeaf audio.

What are your most memorable and enjoyable experiences of working at StarLeaf so far?

The company makes a real effort with social outings, and the events they organize are always looked forward to by everyone in the company.

What does a day in the life of a YINI at StarLeaf look like?

I usually come in and grab a coffee, go to my desk and do some manual testing for a few hours. On Wednesdays, we get taken for lunch (which the company pays for!) and then do scripting or personal projects in the afternoon. The hours are flexible so I can come in at 10am if I want, or leave at 4pm so long as I get the work done!

What skills have you developed so far during your Year in Industry with StarLeaf?

I have developed a much greater fluency with the Linux terminal, and my Python programming skills have also improved tremendously. The main thing I’ve taken from this work placement though is being able to put the things I’ve learned at A-Level Computer Science into practice. Networking was always something I struggled with, and now it’s something that I will feel so much more confident with at university.

Would you recommend StarLeaf for students looking to complete a Year in Industry before university?

Definitely! You’ll be so well equipped for your university course if you complete a Year in Industry as there are so many essential things that the YINI scheme have taught me – and not just technically. Moving out and getting a job, handling your own finances, even learning to cook, are all incredibly useful things that the YINI scheme has taught me.

What aspects of your role are you passionate about and why?

Working among the graduate and experienced engineers all in one team allows for information to pass so freely. The working environment, in general, is the thing that I enjoy the most, cooperating with my colleagues and learning from them is priceless.

Which university you will be going to and what will you study?

My firm choice is MSc Computer Science and Maths at Durham University, with my insurance being MEng Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial College London.