I joined Hydrant as an Apprentice Drupal Developer after attending a bootcamp run through a London based apprenticeship provider that would be facilitating the apprenticeship. Previously I spent 4 years at College/ University, leaving with a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT and a Foundation Degree in IT from UCLAN (through Carlisle College). Throughout my studies, I studied a number of different subject areas in IT and found web development was an area where my interest grew over time.
Although software development is hard/ frustrating at times, you can feel a real sense of achievement when you get your code to work without breaking. So far I have built up quite a diverse range of skills/ knowledge covering both frontend and backend website development languages/ frameworks, as well server experience. However, I do acknowledge that software development just like the rest of the web is constantly changing, so every day is a learning day with new frameworks for both front and back end development that bring their own challenges and rewards.
In terms of content management systems that I have played around with in the past few years, these include; Wordpress and Joomla, I have also (through my apprenticeship) been exposed to a couple Magento sites (mainly to apply security updates).
Throughout my time at Hydrant/ Upbeat Productions, I have been exposed to many Drupal 6, 7, and 8 sites of varying degrees in complexity. Plus experience using PHP frameworks such as Symfony and I'm currently dabbling with a little bit Yii.
Plus as of November 2019, I am now an Acquia Certified Drupal 8 Developer with the hope/ plan of adding more certifications to my belt to build on and validate on my knowledge/ skillset.