Careers that let you try something new

Jason PA

Jason is a Solution Architect in the Programme Architecture practice at Nationwide. Here he shares how he transitioned from a developer to his current role.

Having grown up in a beautiful small town at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck and Lulworth, it would have been a very difficult choice for me to move away from the South Coast. Luckily, my university was also along the South Coast, and throughout my working career I’ve had the opportunity to live close to my family.

After completing my university degree, I’d started my career working as a Technical Personal Assistant for the Head of a department developing corporate payment systems. It was a varied role, and the first time I’d realised how much I enjoyed developing software and working with technology to deliver business benefit.

I moved to Nationwide in 2009 when I applied for a “Lead Systems Developer” role. I then progressed to the role of "Development Team Leader' until the opportunity to pursue my career aspiration to work as a Solution Architect was presented.

I grabbed this with both hands and haven’t looked back since! Transitioning across to Solutions Architecture has proven to be a very rewarding opportunity. Whilst developers are often very good at thinking logically, I’ve found the softer skills associated with my role equally as important.

“ In my opinion a good Solutions Architect is someone who is self-coaching, has self-reflection and self-expression. ”

I’m not afraid to say that I’ve worked on these skills and have had the support from my practice at Nationwide, including the Programme Architecture Academy where I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about Architecture topics such as, Business Architecture, Data Architecture and Governance.

Training has been an important part of my career development, and working for Programme Architecture and Nationwide has provided me with the career progression I have actively sought.

My time in my role has been very rewarding; I directly contribute to articulating and validating strategic vision with key solution stakeholders, including Solution and Enterprise Architects. It’s a role that has provided me with the opportunity to lead solution architecture and therefore make a positive contribution to Nationwide in a challenging and complex environment.

“ I’m empowered in my role to make decisions and plan my working week to ensure my objectives are met. Being able to have this responsibility helps me to manage my own time and work flexibly across sites. ”

I usually work at the Bournemouth Administration Centre which is near to my home. Invariably, projects are spread across sites so travel is necessary at times to acquire the level of information needed to provide Architecture to projects. Working across sites can be a challenge, but I find that when trying to convey a message or understand a particular context, it can be easier face-to-face. In a typical week, I’ll travel once or twice a week work.

It’s worth it though, as living close to the country and not too far from the sandy beaches of Poole provides the perfect location for my family to enjoy a very good work life balance.

I’ve found Nationwide an excellent company to work for, and there are a lot of opportunities available.  It offers the flexibility to allow the right balance between work and my personal lifestyle.

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