Freelance DevOps Engineer
Ilford, United Kingdom
Staffordshire University For Business
Health Placements Support Admin
April 2015 to Present
September 2011 to July 2015
Software Engineer (Remote)
September 2014 to January 2015
Software Engineer (Intern)
June 2013 to September 2014
Staffordshire University Careers Centre
Front Desk / Careers / Placements Assistant
May 2012 to June 2013
Employability Skills Ambassador
January 2012 to July 2012
Customer Services/Returns Administrator
May 2010 to May 2011
Various Companies & Sectors
Sales / Administration / Customer Service / Catering
July 2002 to May 2010
What company does Dan Kitchen work for?
Dan Kitchen works for Staffordshire University For Business
What is Dan Kitchen's role at Staffordshire University For Business?
Dan Kitchen is Health Placements Support Admin
What industry does Dan Kitchen work in?
Dan Kitchen works in the Computer Software industry.
After many years working in various fields, I decided to head back to education and pursue a career in Computing. Returning to education, I am very focused on getting the most out of it and establishing my professional career. During my time at University I have endeavoured to involve myself with as much as I can outside of my studies and technical skills development. This includes work as a Student Ambassador, a STEM ambassador and standing as my course representative, taking student issues and feedback to various academic award meetings. As part of my degree I undertook at 14 month placement as a Software Engineer with Intergral GmbH. in Stuttgart, Germany. This was a great experience which allowed me to put into practice skills I had learnt during my degree and to gain new ones. My language experience was primarily Java based with a focus on Instrumentation and Java Bytecode manipulation. I am passionate and motivated and have a keen interest in Space and astronomy. I am a confident communicator and work well with all types of people, able and willing to complement the strengths and weaknesses of other team members wherever possible. My main areas of technical interest lie in C/C++, Low-level programming, Embedded Computing, and Real-Time Systems. My studies and industrial experience have equipped me with a wide range of technical and soft skills which I am ready to apply to future employment. I am actively seeking to combine my technical and personal interests in pursuit of a professional career in embedded systems upon graduation, preferably in the aerospace sector.Health Placements Support Admin @ From April 2015 to Present (9 months) Student Ambassador @ I have worked as an Ambassador at the University since I started study in September '11. It is a varied position which has greatly benefited my skill set in a number of different ways. Main duties have involved working on university open days and various youth outreach programmes. I have also taken part in school visits, career fairs and university graduation week. In the summer of 2012 I was selected as part of a team to travel around the Midlands area delivering a HE road-show in schools. I really like my University and find it very worthwhile working to promote it, and the benefits of HE generally. As an older student I had trouble finding my path and enjoy the opportunity to raise aspirations. From September 2011 to July 2015 (3 years 11 months) Software Engineer (Remote) @ Upon completion of my placement I took an opportunity to continue working part-time remotely alongside my final year. This is primarily research work investigating instrumentation of different Java frameworks, and what metrics can be gathered from them. From September 2014 to January 2015 (5 months) Software Engineer (Intern) @ My placement experience was highly beneficial and I learnt much more (in many more areas) than I had expected. I primarily worked on the company's flagship product FusionReactor. FusionReactor is a Java application server/JVM application performance monitor, used in large scale client deployments. My main areas of work at Intergral were: feature development, bug fixing/QA on existing company products, Java Instrumentation/ByteCode manipulation, NoSQL Database Integration, Technical customer support, OSGi development, and various forms of infrastructure support and maintenance. For 4 months I also played a primary role in front line customer support for a wide range of geographically distributed customers. This involved not only answering customer questions but also troubleshooting, screen sharing sessions, and in-depth debugging. This in some cases required replication of differing customer environments. From very early on I was trusted to work on production code and helped to ship a number of major and minor releases. This was very valuable experience as it required a different attitude to working than that required for university assignments. In particular working on a deep and interconnected code base required a methodical and careful approach to development. From June 2013 to September 2014 (1 year 4 months) Front Desk / Careers / Placements Assistant @ I worked in the worked in the University careers centre on the front desk, assisting students and booking appointments with careers advisors.I was also an assistant for the JobZone service, looking for new jobs on a weekly basis and posting part-time, graduate vacancies and internships on the website. Further to these duties I also assisted the placements team in contacting students and posting available placement opportunities on the website and university job boards. From May 2012 to June 2013 (1 year 2 months) Employability Skills Ambassador @ This pilot scheme is part of the University's 'Staffordshire Graduate' initiative. I work with the careers centre engaging students in employability skills interviews, to help them recognise their strengths and weaknesses in their soft skill sets. From this we then work to help them formulate an action plan to build on their weak areas and balance their experiences, giving them more self-awareness and hopefully a better chance in the workplace. This is an area I am acutely aware of for myself and I am very keen on helping others to give themselves the best chance when it comes to entering the graduate market. From January 2012 to July 2012 (7 months) Customer Services/Returns Administrator @ I began as a returns administrator and in time also took on a prominent role in the company's customer service department. Across both roles my duties included: - Resolution of disputes with both national & international suppliers. - Handling customer queries & complaints, through initial contact to resolution. - Administration of all processes relating to the above. - Liaising with many different departments within the company as needed. - Working on various trade show events. From May 2010 to May 2011 (1 year 1 month) Sales / Administration / Customer Service / Catering @ From July 2002 to May 2010 (7 years 11 months) BSc. (Hons), Computer Science @ Staffordshire University From 2011 to 2015 Science Foundation Year @ University of Southampton From 2008 to 2009 Farnborough 6th Form College From 2002 to 2003
Introversion (I), Sensing (S), Thinking (T), Perceiving (P)
2 year(s), 1 month(s)
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