Iona Wright

When I left school I studied graphic design at Edinburgh College for 3 years and was introduced to web development, which sparked my interest in building websites.

When I finished college I worked in a web design company that created WordPress websites for local businesses around Edinburgh. In this role, my main task was to help clients with their websites and had small dealings with building the website.

In 2015, aged 22, I started my career within Lloyds Banking group. I heard many good things about working for the company and was given a role in pension administrations, it might not have been in websites, but I was freelancing at the time, building WordPress websites for family/friends businesses. When Lloyds started to digitally transform their online presence for Scottish Widows pensions, I found out that the business had inhouse graphic designers and web development. My career goals was to move into this area within Lloyds as I had business knowledge but just needed the qualifications. Lloyds then offered colleagues a 16 week intense bootcamp called CodeClan. I was success in the interviewing process and started my career transformation into software development. The hands on, interactive course helped me to achieve skills into software.

After the 16 bootcamp I returned to Lloyds Banking Group as a junior software engineer, getting involved in building the application that I was using as a pension administrator.

Lloyds then approached me with the opportunity to attend university to complete a degree in Software Development for Business, this is funded by Skills Development Scotland to gain a professional qualification and provided a work-based learning system.

I am currently going into 4th year of the university degree and even though I am only 3 years into software engineering, I have been promoted from my junior role.