I always knew I wanted to work with numbers - maths was always my strong point at school, and I have always been a sudoku kind of girl rather than crossword. I didn't think being a mathematician was for me, so I decided to go down the accounting route. I wanted to keep my options slightly open, so I studied Management (Accounting and Finance) at The University of Manchester.
Whilst at university, I worked part time as a finance assistant which confirmed it was definitely the line of work I wanted to go into. Whilst sitting my final year exams I began looking for jobs and came across the role here at PortSwigger. It appeared to be the perfect job for me, and things worked perfectly so that before officially graduating I started. I have now been here eleven months and still believe it is the perfect job and place to work for me.
Believe it or not, it was my first day going into the office. The first time meeting everyone I'd spoken to over email in person, experiencing the office work life, all the usual stuff. It was just a really good day and I've enjoyed every day since then!
How valued you are. Everybody always wants to make sure you are happy, and they'll do whatever they can to make sure that you are. PortSwigger really do care about their staff, and they don't just say it, they really mean it.
I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to play "schools" when I was little and line all my teddies up. Sometimes I even made my dad sit there, whilst I did the register. I had a whiteboard and everything.
A proper clunky Packard Bell laptop. It was huge and red, and I absolutely loved it.