I joined PortSwigger in the summer of 2020, a few months after graduating from a Computer Science degree, so I am quite "baby faced" within the company. Joining mid-pandemic provided its own challenges, as it did to everyone else who moved jobs during lockdown, however people here were extremely friendly all the same.
Working here combines a load of great benefits into one bundle: interesting work, colleagues who I'm pretty sure are wizards given how clever they are, feeling valued and being able to contribute to software that thousands of people use daily. It really is a fantastic opportunity to be working somewhere with that sort of environment, particularly as a fresh grad.
I did a cybersecurity module at university where we used Kali Linux for some of the coursework. I noticed that Burp was preinstalled on the OS so I opened it and had a play around with it, just out of curiosity. I thought it was pretty cool and that it would be interesting to work with it in the future. As it turns out, that worked out quite well!
I originally wanted to be a police officer so that I could arrest my family for the fun of it. I later realized that I'd probably be fired for doing that, so found myself a different career path.
Liking Homes Under the Hammer enough that Dion Dublin sent me a video thanking me for watching it. Nothing has managed to top that yet.