Why You Should Become A Software Engineer and How To Get Started with Patrick Lynott

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Patrick Lynott

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Patrick Lynott, the Head of UK Admissions & Placement at Boolean, a tech education company that teaches their students to be software engineers and then helps them to land their first job in tech. Patrick talks about why people should consider a career as a software engineer and how Boolean can help. He also discusses the positive ways in which investment is changing the shape of the tech sector in the UK, the best ways for aspiring engineers to begin their careers, and the best resources that can energise your own tech career plans.

Boolean is an online international tech academy that began in Italy three years ago, and which has partnered with 800+ companies on its hiring platform. It follows a “Six months course with six months career coaching” program of learning. Boolean prides itself on its one-to-one support, and the fact that it directs students in how to solve problems on their own. 1,300 students have been trained by Boolean. Last year alone Boolean had a 95% placement rate for students.


Patrick Lynott


Boolean.co.uk – Click on the link to visit Boolean’s website and find out more about becoming a Software Engineer!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Software engineering and coding provides a problem-solving approach and set of challenges that many with an analytical mind find appealing. The career prospects are incredible, and potential for diversity and growth is limitless. Begin by building a mental map of the industry itself, We can best achieve this by hearing from people in the industry through YouTube, blogs, vlogs and other social media. Forming this map of the sector in your own mind will give you a far better idea of what kind of role you’d like to play in it. Networking in places such as LinkedIn and Eventbrite are a great way to begin getting to know people and the kinds of skills that have helped them. Resources such as Codebar can help those at the start of their tech journey, and pairs you with people already in the industry, and allow you to solve problems together.
2) The first step is to combat any feelings of impostor syndrome and build confidence in the skills you’ve accumulated. Gathering effective feedback will help you to identify any potential parts that may need development in your skill set. The next step is correctly identify the terms being used when it comes to tech roles, and better select the career path you want.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Not relevant to this episode.

Career Highlight

Not relevant to this episode.

The Future

The tech industry is a boom town right now, and has proved resilient and robust, even through the pandemic. The UK right now is the third hottest area for investment in tech, behind only the US and China. Most investment is staying in the south of the country, and specifically London. This has led to a hiring frenzy in the sector.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Contact The Guest

Contact Patrick Lynott through the following social media platforms:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricklynott/

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