Early Careers Day: A mini-conference for junior developers

Gail Ollis

⏱ 1-day-workshop
09:00-18:00, Tuesday, 16th April 2024
This is an all-day pre-conference tutorial. But unlike other tutorials, the Early Career Day is exclusively for software developers in their first years of work, whether as a placement student or a graduate level employee. In the company of others with a similar level of experience, this supportive tutorial will offer you clear and practical guidance in key aspects of your work.

Your tutors are well-known speakers selected for their excellent content and clear delivery. If you are wondering if the ACCU conference is for you and how it can help you, this is a great way to try out a 'mini-conference' designed especially for you by experts.

The day is chaired by Dr Gail Ollis, now a lecturer and researcher in software development after a long career in commercial software development. Think of this session as a short course in honing your craft as a software developer, with an experienced lecturer as your course leader and the best presenters as your tutors.

The content will include a mix of personal and technical skills, including:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Software Processes and Architecture
  • Coding practices
  • Code review
  • Testing
  • Debugging
  • Deployment

The day closes with your very own lightning talk session so you can, if you choose, practice sharing your thoughts at a conference. You are warmly invited to take this great opportunity to practice with a small, friendly, supportive audience, but participation is absolutely voluntary. Past delegates have gained the confidence from this to go on to deliver lightning talks in the main conference sessions.

Gail Ollis

After two decades as a software developer, Gail eventually became so obsessed with human aspects of the job that she began talking about them at tech conferences. She left the day job for a psychology degree, followed by PhD research in the psychology of software development.

Sharing knowledge is the new day job in an accidental second career as an academic. Gail has taught programming and cyberpsychology, researched cyber security for software developers, and now has fun teaching problem solving and software engineering to final year students at the University of Portsmouth.