We’re Software Developers, Project Managers, Marketeers & more – but we’re also real people. Meet some of the people who make Tascomi happen and learn more about who we are and what we do…
This month saw Team Tascomi expanding by three more – we have nearly filled our recently expanded offices! Ciaran McCaughey and Aaron Trotter have joined us as Placement Software Developers, assisting the Support Team on their year-long placements and Esther Nwagu has joined as a Software Developer for her 3 month summer internship.
// Ciaran McCaughey //
What is your role at Tascomi? My role at Tascomi is part of the Support Team, where I work on bugs and/or enhancements to our current software systems. Having only been here two weeks I have added updates, fixed bugs and added enhancements which have been deployed to our live systems. I feel extremely privileged as there aren’t many software companies out there that would allow their placement Software Developers to be so hands on this early, which is something I love about working here.
What do you find most challenging at Tascomi? Everyday at Tascomi there are multiple challenges and I love it. No two software bugs or enhancements are the same. I like to think of myself as a keen problem solver and working at Tascomi has really exercised my problem-solving trait.
What do like most about Tascomi? I believe the atmosphere in the office is my favourite thing. It is relaxed and good fun – but at the same time we maintain a strong work ethic – oh, and the fact that there is always cake is a plus.
What are your hopes for Tascomi? I think Tascomi has its fate in its own hands. We are a small company with big ideas and I can only see us growing bigger and bigger. My hope would be that we expand to different continents and I hope I can be a part of those exciting times in the future.
What advice would you give to a new Tascomi employee? My advice would be to just come in and be yourself. I’ve felt welcome in this company since the minute I walked through the door and I already feel like I am part of the Tascomi family.
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Steak(medium-rare), chips and pepper sauce.
What did you want to be when growing up? As geeky as it sounds I have always loved computers, so something IT related, which I think I have achieved.
Dream travel location… All of South America.
What is your favourite movie/book? Favourite movie would be Se7en, with Goodfellas a close second.
Before I die, I would like to… Travel the world.
// Aaron Trotter //
Tell us a little about yourself Raised in the little town of Moira, Northern Ireland, I attended Lurgan College before following my passion in art and computing through studying BSc. Computer Games Modelling and Animation at Ulster University, Magee.
What brought you to Tascomi? I always saw myself working in games, however, after attending multiple presentations, I discovered that Tascomi wanted to work with placement students and develop their skills, rather than treating placement students as replaceable.
What is your role at Tascomi? I was offered a role in the Support Team as a Software Developer. Within this role, I am given the opportunity to work with our customers and make changes to specific systems to suit their requirements.
What do like most about Tascomi? I am treated like part of the team and feel like I can make a difference. Any new ideas or suggestions that I have are taken into account and worked on.
What 3 words would you use to describe Tascomi? Fun, challenging and innovative.
What advice would you give to a new Tascomi employee? Don’t be afraid to ask questions. As could be expected, the first week was daunting being thrown into the deep end with new programming languages etc, but the team were always willing to help and take me step by step through the process of how I would overcome the challenge.
How will Tascomi help you in your career development? Within the first few weeks of working for Tascomi, my programming knowledge has already come on leaps and bounds, with better knowledge of how the back end systems work and a better all round problem solving ability.
Favourite country visited… China; the culture and the beauty of both rural and urban China was in my opinion, unbeatable.
Tell us three things people don’t know about you…
- I used to be in the Army Cadet Force with plans to join the Royal Marines before a knee injury.
- I’m a 3D artist come graphic designer.
- I love film production.
What is an ability you wish you had? I would love to be able to pause time.
Before I die, I would like to… Travel the world.
What phobias do you have? I’m a big baby when it comes to spiders, heights and the dark.
What is something you have always wanted to try? I have always wanted to try pavlova but unfortunately i’m allergic to eggs.
// Esther Nwagu //
Tell us a little about yourself/your family … Originally from Nigeria, I now live in Lisburn with my family. I am currently a student of Queen’s University, studying Computing and Information Technology. I enjoy going on days out with the family and … of course, programming.
What brought you to Tascomi? Recently I was awarded a Scholarship as a Software Developer at Tascomi and so I will be working as an intern over the summer and then returning to Tascomi for a one year placement in 2016.
What would people never guess you do in your role? Having access to live systems.
What do you enjoy most about Tascomi? I love the possibility of learning new things everyday, as no two days are the same in Tascomi. There is always a new bug to be fixed or an upgrade to be added to a system and for me, this is something worth looking forward to each day.
What 3 words would you use to describe Tascomi? Inspiring, dedicated and innovative.
What do like most about Tascomi? The people.
What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most? Finding and fixing bugs.
What are 3 career lessons you’ve learnt thus far? Punctuality, getting the job done and working together.
What values are important to you? Honesty, trust and friendship.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Watch a movie and knit.
What is your favourite movie/book? My favourite movie of all times is … Beauty and the Beast.
Top 3 highlights of my life… Getting married to the love of my life, having my three lovely boys and getting a scholarship at Tascomi.
Ability I wish I had… I wish I had the ability to make the world a better place for everyone.
If I won the lottery I would…Buy a beautiful 5-bed house with a beautiful view in the country side, visit Australia and give to charity.