Phili joined us through our intern scheme a few years ago and is now a full time iOS developer within Concentrix Tigerspike. Take a look at her time as an intern here.

It has been nearly a year since I started at Concentrix Tigerspike as a full time software engineer and two years since I first joined Concentrix Tigerspike as an intern. After my internship I was lucky enough to be able to travel for 6 months around the world! This was my first big trip ever and I was extremely grateful that Concentrix Tigerspike allowed me to do this. Some highlights included: diving with sharks in Fiji, finding out I love adrenaline and bungy jumping 4 times in New Zealand, as well as a skydive and exploring Vietnam by moped. This allowed me to come back refreshed and ready to get stuck in at Concentrix Tigerspike full time!

I thought it would be interesting to look back and delve into what I have been up to and what life has been like at Concentrix Tigerspike through the COVID19 pandemic.

Already during my time at Concentrix Tigerspike I have managed to see an app right through from the planning stage to being released to the App Store. This is something that I have really valued as I have seen every stage of the process and observed the incredible amount of work and team effort that is needed to successfully produce a product.

One of the main differences I have noticed between the start of my internship to now, is a belief in my ability to find a solution to a problem, even if I am unsure initially how to attack it. By asking questions and making sure I have understood the client’s needs, and by having successfully helped deliver these in an ever changing codebase, I have grown more confident in my ability to get the job done.

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I can’t ignore the obvious elephant in the room, that over this past year my time at Concentrix Tigerspike has been somewhat different due to Covid-19.

Beginning in March Concentrix Tigerspike implemented working from home for almost everyone. Fortunately, I had started to adopt this entirely remote approach even before lockdown was introduced, I had already been working from home at least a couple of days a week before then. As a result, I was not too worried about the challenges that my team would have to overcome to ensure work life could continue as ‘normal’ during this time. Luckily, it seems as though the ability to work from home has also enabled people to start at their preferred start times and be more flexible in their approach to work which has all been good.

Over the last year, although I found myself being forced to slow down in certain areas, I’d like to highlight a few things that helped me ensure that my personal and professional growth and development did not slow during this time, and as a result I’ve still managed to learn a lot.

1. Flexible working

The ability to work more flexibly was encouraged by Concentrix Tigerspike after the introduction of ‘Flexi-hours’.  This enabled people to work either earlier or later than they originally had been doing.  Another important aspect of this for me was an ability to structure my time in a way that allowed me to take more breaks so that I could come back and attack the problem I had been trying to solve with fresh eyes. I found this was really helpful in enabling me to move forward and overcome issues that had previously seemed insurmountable.

2. Time to look at new technologies

With this extra time I was able to start looking into some new technologies that I had wanted to investigate but never really had the chance to. I started a React-Native course to learn the basics and eventually added this into my 1:1s and TM days. Working remotely has had the added struggle of not being able to just lean across the desk at work and ask how to solve a problem, however this has encouraged me to try to figure out the solution and then ask the question which is definitely a positive.

3. Physical and mental wellbeing

As psychological well-being affects the quality of work people produce I was determined to ensure that I stayed positive and upbeat over lockdown. Over this period I found that I had more time than ever. Not having to commute for at least two hours each day made me suddenly at a loss at what I could do to fill this time. I chose to spend my time to improve my running and cycling. I found running not only a stress reliever when the world news got a bit too much, but also seeing the improvements I achieved when I really set my mind to it was motivating in all aspects. There’s even a Concentrix Tigerspike running group on Strava! At Concentrix Tigerspike there is also the ability to attend yoga sessions and daily planks.

Overall, I feel that I have managed to develop both professionally and as a person during this challenging time and Concentrix Tigerspike has been important in enabling me to nurture these changes through the interesting and, at times, challenging work it has provided me with, and through the flexibility it has provided me with regard to my working arrangements.


Phili Day

Software Engineer, London

Phili Day

Software Engineer,London

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