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Team Insights: Catching up with Sebastian Szaniszlo

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Simon Swords


Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and today is the last day at Atlas for our first degree placement student Sebastian Szaniszlo. Sebastian has been a great, hard-working member of the software development team who will be sorely missed by all the staff at Atlas.

On his last day I caught up with Sebastian to ask him a few more questions about his advice for other degree students, his time at Atlas and his thoughts on the future of bespoke software development.

Over to you Sebastian…

What would you say to someone thinking about doing a CS degree and going into software development as a career?

Expect different things. Because Computer Science is such a broad subject you will learn about a lot of general things which are not necessarily related to web or software development, however the key theoretical aspects of Computer Science are still applicable to software development on a daily basis. In software development, there are existing technologies used for solving problems and a lot of the time, as a software developer, programming will take only a chunk of your time. But because of the rapidly changing tech world, software development can cover a wide variety of solutions and topics in an equally varied and complex areas, software development is a very exciting field to be working in.

What would you say to someone thinking about taking a Degree Placement?

If you have the opportunity to do a degree placement, my honest advice would be to grab it with both hands. Even if the role is not exactly what you would like to do in the future or you are unsure about the career path you want to follow, it is still a fantastic way to get an insight about the work that is happening in the real world. You will learn new skills and improve the ones that you gained from university, which will greatly help you in the future.

What new skills or technologies have you learnt while working at Atlas?

While working at Atlas I’ve learnt a whole new set of skills, both technical and soft. I’ve got to understand how work is managed in a commercial software development field, how working in teams is being handled and I’ve got to experience the agile software development lifecycle. I’ve learnt how to communicate in a professional manner via different tools such as Trello, Email or our internal chat. Regarding the technical aspect, I’ve learnt new languages such as C#, JavaScript, HTML and SQL along with different frameworks and libraries such as ASP.NET, KnockoutJS, jQuery and Bootstrap.

What would you say is the most surprising thing working at Atlas has taught you?

Before starting my placement at Atlas, I expected software development to be purely about writing code, but I was surprised to find out how wrong I was. I greatly underestimated the importance of QA and testing and I quickly found that out when I was discussing issues and bug fixes with our testers. Besides this, I also overlooked the importance of requirements and business logic that goes into a project and thus I would say the most surprising thing that I learnt while working here at Atlas was problem solving and learning from my mistakes.

What do you believe the future of software development looks like?

As someone who is excited about the growth of Artificial Intelligence, I believe that in the near future, software development will be greatly affected by AI sub-fields such as Machine Learning. AI is said to greatly improve project planning, development and testing as well, which will eventually help developers build smarter applications much faster with the use of techniques such as Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing.

Everyone here at Atlas wishes Sebastian all the best with his continuing degree studies and looks forward to the chance of working with him in the future.

Simon Swords

Simon Swords


Managing Director

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