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Meet the Team: Matt Barrett, Junior Software Engineer

May 25, 2022
6 minute read
Lucy Drennan

Matt is one of our Junior Software Engineers here at Phlo. In this blog, we speak to Matt who tells us what attracted him to start his Tech career at Phlo and what he hopes to achieve during his time here.

Tell us a bit about yourself, your educational background and your previous roles before joining Phlo.

Hi, I’m Matt! I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2019 with an MA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics. After graduating I spent some time working as a freelance copywriter, followed by a brief period as a Customer Service Advisor for Santander.  

My most recent role before joining Phlo was as a Project Officer at Glasgow City Council, which mostly involved project management and drafting reports for senior management.

What attracted you to work for Phlo?

I am a self-taught programmer, and only began to learn properly around six months before making my application to Phlo. Because of my relative lack of experience or formal training, it was important to me that the culture of the organisation I would be joining would be accommodating to a junior engineer who is eager to learn and grow.  

I actually read through this very blog, and some earlier ‘Meet the Team’ posts before applying and got the impression Phlo had a friendly atmosphere that I’d love to be a part of – and that has proven to be true!

What does a typical day look like for you?

After a morning coffee and some time to refamiliarise myself with what I was working on the day before, we have our morning stand-up at 10 to discuss the previous day’s progress and the day’s goals. My work has been fairly diverse so far, touching on front-end/back-end/database code. I have also been spending a fair bit of time pair programming with the more senior members of my team, which has been immensely helpful for my learning and development.

Tell us about a project you are working on now, what were some of the ideas for this and the research behind this?

I work in the Phlo Connect team. Phlo Connect is our API-driven pharmacy infrastructure platform that is trusted by the likes of Babylon and Healthhero, and we’ve recently been working on setting up our user authentication/login. I actually wrote a blog post for the Phlo engineering blog about our research into two authentication services, Auth0 and Ory Kratos, and why we decided to move forward with Ory. You can check that post out here!

What’s the best thing about working at Phlo?

I’ve touched on it already, but it has to be the culture for me. Everyone I work with is so friendly and enthusiastic – it really feels like we’re all working together to make the best product we can, and will help each other out however possible.  

As a rookie developer coming into Phlo I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming environment, and I truly feel so blessed to have made my start in Tech here.

What do you hope to achieve in your role at Phlo?

To learn as much as I can, and grow alongside the company. I know how lucky I have been to have found myself in a role that feels like my dream job so soon after starting to self-teach, and I intend to make the most of it. I have also been in and out of the healthcare system my whole life, and so the fact that I can help make healthcare more accessible in the process is the icing on the cake!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have two pet rabbits (Walter and Olive) that I love more than anything, and they never get tired of my attention. I’m also a big video game fan, and I use them as a great excuse to spend time with friends from uni most nights.

Rhythm games (Guitar Hero and Beat Saber) and card games are some of my favourites. I played a LOT of Gwent a few years ago, which is the standalone card game created for the Witcher series. For a while at my peak I was actually rank 1 on the Global leaderboard.

If you’d like to join the Phlo team and help us shape the future of Pharmacy, check out our careers page.

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