We are very pleased to welcome Lenard Pratt to the Zinc development team. Lenard is joining us as a junior software developer. He may be young but he already has a wealth of knowledge and a drive to learn. This Autumn, he’ll start his bachelor’s degree at Queen Mary University, a top-10 UK university for Computer Science. This makes him the third Zinc team member to attend Queen Mary for this subject. In this interview we delve into his interests, values and why joining Zinc was the right start for his career.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and lived there until I was five years old. After moving to the UK I attended primary, secondary and sixth form. Initially, I was planning on becoming a doctor instead of becoming a developer but I wasn’t able to escape the allure of Computer Science. That’s how I ended up Queen Mary University where I’m currently studying Computer Science.
What made you want to join Zinc?
As someone who has only recently started my work journey I wanted to work within an organisation that offered me the chance to grow and where I could work on something new and innovative. So when I saw the job advert for Zinc I was intrigued. After researching Zinc and seeing how Zinc was applying blockchain technology to build HR software I knew I wanted to be a part of a team that created a product that speeds up the referencing process whilst allowing candidates to fully control their data.
In your role, what are your key points in helping Zinc realise its full potential?
As a developer, I’m responsible for maintaining Zinc’s current tech stack and implementing new features. This means that I’m responsible for building features that the business envisions. By constantly improving our product I help attract more customers, helping Zinc reach its full potential.
What are the things that you hold in value outside of your work?
I’m very open to new experiences and love doing new things because variety is the spice of life! If I’m not trying something new I will most likely be watching F1, football, ‘American’ football and focusing on my fantasy team.
Bonus: do you have any hidden talents?
It’s a bit unusual but I can make very realistic dog noises.
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