Karam Ali is a Junior Web Developer within the Production team at Epigeum. He joins us on a year’s industrial placement from City, University of London, where he is working towards a BSc in Computer Science. Karam works on projects developing our online training programmes, both creating new webpages and updating legacy webpages.
What brought you to Epigeum?
Whilst studying at City, University of London in my penultimate year, I thought that it would be best to gather more experience before graduating. I wanted to not only improve my computational knowledge and skill set but also get a taste for what the working world is like. I had decided to apply to roles where I would be given the chance to work on projects, as I wanted to maximise my experience in a development role before my final year at university, and seeing large projects to the end motivates me – it’s always inspiring to see my efforts recognised. I will be forever grateful to Epigeum for giving me the chance to showcase my talents, whilst also giving me ample opportunities to learn from the other brilliant developers and designers.
Which parts of your role do you enjoy the most?
Working with other teams in Epigeum, such as Publishing, Marketing, and Sales, has become one of my favourite aspects of my role, especially since most of the work and projects I have completed before joining Epigeum were independent. I am also a fan of the problem-solving parts of my role that I occasionally face. For instance, having the opportunities to check if certain combinations of activities are possible was one of the times where I felt like I could have a major and long-lasting effect here.
What does your workspace say about you?
My desk is my sacred space. It’s not the messiest, nor is it the cleanest, but I feel like the state of my desk usually resembles my current mood quite well. I often change the background image of my work screens too. Recently, I’ve been working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, where my desk is cluttered with random pieces of technology, including drones! Therefore, I suppose that the best way to describe my workspace would be that it looks completely different by the end of each week!
What do you do in your free time?
I’m part of an anime society at my university, so I keep up with the latest episodes and discussions. Reading is also a vital part of my day, so I usually spend an hour every night reading, before going to bed. Furthermore, I regularly try to play football or go to the gym to ensure that I keep somewhat fit. Recently, I’ve also become interested with trivia and quizzes – and I’m now a regular in the Epigeum pub quiz team!
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I love trying new activities or food, so much so that I’ve even asked many people to think of ideas for me to try, so that I can experience as much of the world as I possibly can. By experiencing as much as possible, I believe that I can get a better understanding of the world around me.
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