Tell us about yourself, Nozomi
I was born, raised, and educated in Japan. University is different in Japan, we study subjects more broadly than vocationally and I studied linguistics. My first job after uni was in marketing with a Japanese manufacturer, nothing to do with software engineering! I always wanted to live outside Japan and my husband is a Kiwi so Australia was a logical choice. We moved here in 2020 after we married.
What’s your role?
I am a full stack engineer. I develop the Rely app, writing code to implement new features, automate test and fix bugs. We work in agile two-weekly sprints, and each sprint is made up of tickets planned in detail by the project managers and development team. Most tickets are designed to be completed in half a day to two days and my focus is working on these tickets. Most unknowns are discussed before each sprint starts but occasionally, I work with other team members, including the designer and project managers, to discuss the details.
Why did you choose software development?
As I mentioned, my first role was with a manufacturing company that builds aeroplanes, ships, and trains. I was in an account management role, working with international clients, which I enjoyed because I like talking to people and I got to travel internationally. But then I discovered the engineering side of the business and it looked like a cool job. I like creating a product and solving problems – and that’s what engineers do. I want to be part of the team that’s creating value for customers, more so than selling it to customers.
Prior to this role, I was working for an agency developing web applications and websites for clients in various industries. I decided I wanted to focus on excellence in one product, improving the product over time with feedback from users. I was fortunate to receive two offers and it was difficult to decide which one to accept. I wanted to work with a team who are technically proficient and using a modern tech stack, and I was looking for someone senior to mentor me. Rely asked what I wanted to do and talked about how they would make it happen. It ticked all my boxes.
What makes Rely different?
The technical team at Rely have a depth of experience and expertise and I learn so much from working with them. Most of my experience was in frontend development before I joined Rely. But with Rely, I get to work both in the frontend and backend of the project, where I can be honest and ask questions and learn from the experienced team members. The people here care about my career, my interests, and as a person. They are genuinely nice people and amazing to work with!
What would say to someone considering a job at Rely?
I’m happy working here. It’s a friendly team and everyone is very supportive. Your opinions will be listened to and valued, you will feel respected and be encouraged to grow your career. That’s what you want as a developer – you can learn and experiment, and importantly there is time for learning and professional development. You are coached and encouraged to work towards your goals.