Q&A : Beth Kimber - Software Engineer in Test

Staff profile: Beth Kimber - Graduate Software Engineer in Test

Location: Bristol, UK
Education: MSci Physics at the University of Bristol

How and when did you join SN Systems?

I joined in September 2020 just before the second national lockdown. After leaving University in 2014 I stayed in Bristol and had a string of interesting jobs in Science Communication, but I found myself doing more and more programming in my spare time and really enjoying it. I finally decided to take the plunge and go from hobbyist to professional and here I am as a Graduate Software Engineer in Test at SN!

What do you do at SN Systems?

I work in the Test Team making sure all the PlayStation®5 user-facing tools we make are working properly before they go out to game developers.

A normal day for me usually includes looking through test results for any failures, a bit of detective work to figure out what’s going wrong and automating tests which we currently do manually.

What has been the biggest challenge during your time at SN Systems?

Starting a new job during the pandemic has been very strange, I still haven’t met some of the people I work with every day! It has been challenging to get to know people remotely but settling in has been easier than I thought, and I definitely feel like part of the team.

What do you like most about working at SN Systems?

I’ve always loved PlayStation and getting to work with the development tools and hardware is very exciting. Working at SN Systems has all the perks that come with being part of a big company like Sony, but still has the feel of a small company where you can get to know everyone.

What advice would you give anyone wanting to get into development?

Working on personal projects that you find interesting is a great way to learn new skills while creating a portfolio to show potential employers. Don’t be disheartened if you feel like a bit of an imposter early on, everybody does!

What do you particularly like about living in your location?

Bristol is a great place to live! It has amazing food, super friendly people and so much going on (in normal times). There are loads of green spaces across the city for walks and beautiful countryside just a short drive away too.