Laura

Senior developer | London

Why did you join the FT?

When I first moved to London, I learned about FT Labs at a conference, and it caught my attention. You don’t often hear about a 129-year old company in the same sentence as a technology team on the cutting edge of software development. I ended up applying for a role to help build the new FT.com, which launched in late 2016.

The development teams here are empowered, our code is open source, and there’s an abundance of training opportunities. Most importantly, the team values are aligned with what I want to learn and do in my career. 14 months later, I’m growing as a professional and as a person, and loving what I get to do for a living.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

I’m currently working on the Accessibility team, ensuring that FT.com is accessible to everyone regardless of disability. I am really proud of raising awareness about the importance of web accessibility, both within my team and beyond. There’s a lot of work to be done, but the hard work and support of everyone in the FT.com team has been key to making this happen. One thing I’ve learned is that accessibility is not something you can pull off on your own. You need everyone on board. I’ve been lucky to have that at the FT.

Tell us about a memorable project you worked on.

Last year we held an Acceleration Month, where teams pitched ideas to improve FT.com. It was more structured than a hackathon, but perhaps more daring than our day-to-day work, and it was very exciting. Overall, I’ve been lucky enough to work with talented people from different disciplines who bring a great deal of knowledge and resources on accessibility to the table. Together we built something we are all very proud of, and set in motion something that will become a core part of what we do and how we work.

What has been your favourite volunteering experience at the FT?

Mentoring is some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. Being available to other developers and getting the chance to support different people in different ways - from peer programming, to practicing a talk or helping someone discover their potential - is hugely rewarding in itself.

If you had to describe the FT in three words, what would they be?

Out in front.