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Daniel: My TDP experience in Infrastructure Engineering

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Daniel: My TDP experience in Infrastructure Engineering

We talked to Daniel, who is currently on the Technology Development Programme (TDP) within Infrastructure Engineering.

Please introduce yourself.

Hi, my name is Daniel Murden, I have worked at Nationwide for eight years. I started out in the branch network, where I gained lots of experience about what it means to put our members/customers first. I took on a multitude of roles in the branch ranging from a Member Representative to a Personal Banking Manager. This provided me with many invaluable communication skills that helped get me to where I am, and I still utilise today. I also worked as an Assistant Manager in complaints and have been a part of our wonderful remediation team. Since then, I have been lucky enough to join the Technology Development Programme which I will speak more about next. On a personal note, I am a keen traveller and an avid golfer!

Why did you join the TDP?

I worked incredibly hard to get on the Technology Development Programme. I reached out to our security colleagues, which was my original area of interest that set me on a journey that would change my career for the better. After reaching out, I was presented with opportunities to see what tech was like, starting with another internal programme called GetIntoTech. After joining this, I was just eager to learn more and see how I could make an interest a career.  I always felt I had missed an opportunity to learn more about technology by not pursuing it more at school. This provided me the greatest opportunity to learn on the job and through hard work and dedication prove that you do not need to be a tech whizz to start a tech career.

What is the most interesting project you've worked on in Infrastructure Engineering?

I have been extremely fortunate to work within the Infrastructure Engineering space on an exciting project. In our project, we are creating an automated virtual machine, this is an exciting area as it allows us to be pioneers within our Infrastructure community to build virtual machines automatically rather than the current manual process. We have succeeded in our journey so far providing an 'MVP' (Minimal viable product) that we can now look at rolling out into a usable product that can be consumed by our colleagues. This will provide our colleagues/consumers with virtual machines they need, in a quicker timeframe that also removes any human interaction/error.

What do you enjoy about working in Infrastructure Engineering?

What I love most about Infrastructure Engineering is that you are building the foundations for everything that is consumed by the business. You become a very well-rounded individual as you may be placed into one team, but you will have interaction with so many others. You will gain knowledge in networks/security and cloud. The area is constantly developing and growing, and you will find opportunities to move around teams internally within the infrastructure space but also due to the vast knowledge you will gain, it can open avenues in other areas such as networks cloud and security as well. The variety of skills you gain is probably the best part about infrastructure engineering. You learn to interact with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), scripting languages and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), it’s a very well-rounded role.

What are the most valuable skills you've gained on the TDP that you'll be able to carry with you in the future?

TDP is an incredible programme that I couldn't recommend to anyone more if they're looking for a career in tech. Not only have I gained certification in coding languages, but I have the opportunity to learn and become certified in more areas. The big winner is the on-the-job training you get alongside some seriously helpful and intelligent subject matter experts. I have learnt so much about the world of IT infrastructure within a year through this programme. I have also had the opportunity to teach a one-day coding course and present to others. It's not just about the tech skills you pick up but the people and business skills. This is an opportunity not to miss if you have the will and drive for a career change in technology.

Find out more about our Technology Development opportunities here.