Maria Bell is the Managing Director at Shetland software development company Mesomorphic. Here she tells us about their apprenticeship opportunities and newest young recruit, Finlay Mercer.
Shetland; an island with a population of nearly 23,000 people, in the north of Scotland which technically is closer to Norway than the Scottish mainland. Commonly associated with ponies, murder dramas, fishing, and wool, but have you ever considered it as a place to launch your software career?
At Mesomorphic, we are passionate about developing the next generation of coders. Finlay joined us straight out of school in 2018 as a junior software developer. Being interested in coding from an early age, he came on board to start his Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Development. Now in his second year, Finlay is quickly becoming a skilled coder and has been involved in the planning and execution of two very different projects. At the end of his four years of study, he will gain a BSc in Business and Software Development as well as having four years of industry experience.
Outside of work, he is an accomplished powerlifter, training at the local gym in Scalloway. He holds the British U18 records for squat, bench press, and deadlift, totaling 578.5kg, and the Scottish U23 records totalling 650kg, ranking him at number 1 in the Scottish Classic Powerlifting. Before focusing on his powerlifting, he was an active member of the athletics and football clubs.
At Mesomorphic, we encourage the team to take charge of their own learning and we support each other in any way we can. We have a growing library of reference books and we look to turn our hand to any role as they arise. Shetland is a great place to start and continue your career. With good transport links to the mainland, great island infrastructure and a multitude of groups and clubs you’ll soon find yourself settled and raring to go in one of the most northerly growing software development companies.