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Builder Stories: Kyle, Software Developer

Builder Stories: Kyle, Software Developer

Meet Kyle: a driven Software Developer with a love for learning and passion for trying new things. Based in Winnipeg, Canada, Kyle works on Bold’s Enterprise Services Team, diving deep into collaboration with his fellow Builders to support our brands.

Keep reading to find out what his days are like as a software developer and how Bold helps him fuel his passion for learning.

How long have you been with Bold and what do you do?

I’ve been with Bold for over four years and am currently a Software Developer on our Enterprise Services Team. More specifically, I work with one of our larger enterprise clients, spending my days doing code reviews, building cool features, performing testing, and troubleshooting issues.

I started on our Merchant Success Team in support, then I moved into a quality assurance position and six months ago, I moved into a developer role, which I am ecstatic about as it’s been a long-time career goal of mine. Since I was young, I loved computers, problem solving, and building things and when a teacher in high school taught me the basics of programming, I was hooked.

What was your journey like to get to Bold?

I went to college in 2010 with the intention of taking business information technology, computer science, and business courses; however, life had different plans and I made the decision to start a family instead of continuing with my education. I later did some distance courses through Red River College that helped prepare me for my career.

Professionally, I spent a few years working in various jobs before one of my co-workers left to join Bold and encouraged me to do the same. My first thought was, how can this place exist, it can’t be real. It sounded too good to be true with all of the benefits, perks, and culture events they offered. I ended up running into a Builder at a local event in Winnipeg and he also encouraged me to apply. Some circumstances changed at my company, I decided to apply, and the rest is history.

I remember coming into Bold still feeling like it was too good to be true to have a company like that in Winnipeg, but after I finished my 30-day check-in and realized that the amazing culture I had heard so much about was there to stay, I was stoked.

What attracted you to Bold?

As simple as it sounds, being able to take my laptop and work wherever I wanted to in the building. I was attracted to the perks that were offered, the cool culture events, and Innovate or Die Days (48-hour innovation event). It all sounded amazing and when I got here, I understood how different it was from the rest of the companies I had worked for.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Most of my days are spent coding, pairing with other developers, and doing code reviews. I enjoy doing reviews the most because I can learn a lot from my fellow Builders by seeing how they do things. Another part of my day is meeting with clients to go over progress reports and discuss what we’re working on. I’m also really passionate about spending time working on automation and writing tests that will automatically test my code. Working at Bold gives me the freedom to spread my wings and learn new skills.

A few times a week, I’ll push code to production depending on the size of the project. My team has regular retros to talk about what went well through a sprint, what we need to improve on, and how we can make adjustments together. We’re big on collaboration and pairing with fellow Builders to help each other grow and learn. It’s very much a teaching/mentorship type of relationship with my teammates, which I find extremely valuable.

One of my favorite parts of my week is estimation meetings with the team and those collaborative conversations. It’s a time where we all bring our ideas and hash out the best way to tackle a project together. It’s a good exercise to do because you get a lot of different perspectives and at the end of the day, it helps us all become better developers.

What’s something that helps you grow in your position?

Surrounding myself with great people. At Bold I’ve never had a shortage of people who share a similar mindset and inclination towards growing and learning. Builders are hungry to learn and having a team that shares that mindset is huge for me. Everytime I learn something new, and I share it with them, it opens the door for collaboration and shared learning that I have not known anywhere else.

Before I became a developer, I took part in Bold’s Mentorship Program, which taught me a lot of core skills and the foundational knowledge to be able to progress my career. My second mentorship was with a developer that had 10+ years of experience and taught me so many skills that helped take my career to the next level. I remember sharing what I was learning with a fellow Builder and they were like, “Wow, you are practically getting a formal education through that mentorship.”

Throughout my career at Bold, a constant theme of learning has been present. From when I started on the Merchant Success Team to now being a developer, I have always been encouraged to step outside my comfort zone, and put up my hand for a new challenge.

What do you love most about working at Bold?

The people; every team I’ve been a part of has incredible people and I've made friendships that I’m going to have for life. The people are what make working at a company that much better. Whether our paths diverge or not, they are people I’m always going to have in my corner. The memories I’ve made over the past four years I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Lastly, what’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever been given?

Always bet on yourself. I think that especially in development, imposter syndrome is very much a real thing so you need to always bet on yourself in terms of how you’re going to grow.

As much as I was afforded a lot of opportunities, I also took the initiative to ask the questions and seek out advice. I knew where I wanted to go and that I would get there because I was intentional with learning to achieve my goals. If you need a new skill, learn it; if you need advice, ask someone for it. All of the information and resources you need to succeed are at your fingertips; you have to make the first move.

Time for some fun questions!

What is your favorite song to work to?

Dear Future Self by Fall Out Boy, featuring Wyclef Jean. It’s such a cool, upbeat song and there is this line I love, “It’s my fantasy and I'm going to live it.”

What’s your favorite Slack channel at Bold?

It’s a tie, because I love #polls-at-bold; a channel dedicated to polls that asks the real questions like “Is a hotdog a sandwich?”

My other favorite channel is #bold-pets because I love sharing pictures of my dog and seeing all the other cute animals at Bold.

What event has been your favorite to join?

I really loved when we did Extralife and spent time playing games for a great cause, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. It’s a cause that is very close to my heart. I also love Innovate or Die Days where we team up with fellow Builders and spend two days building cool things.

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