Profile: graduate developer

Graduate developer Tom Cass on working with the BBC Sports Data team

Tom Cass describes his experience as graduate developer working with the BBC Sport Data team, as part of the Future Media graduate scheme. The scheme takes place over two years, with graduates moving through four 6-month rotations. 

The Sports Data team deals with receiving, processing and providing access to all data involved in sports statistics - an ideal environment for a developer looking to learn industry practices. Graduates are treated as full team members from the outset and training opportunities are plentiful. Being based at the new Media City development in Salford provides a modern and fresh working environment, as well as proximity to all that the city has to offer.

"It’s great to be able to take what I learned at university and apply it to real projects" - Tom Cass

Graduates can look forward to seeing their contributions come to fruition in live projects. Tom recently worked on the API for the BBC’s Linked Data project, and describes the satisfaction of seeing the first page he had worked on go live to a huge audience.

The team has daily meetings so everyone is aware of what their colleagues are working on; this is helpful for seeking feedback, getting to know other team members and improving communication skills. 

After completing the scheme, Tom would like to become a senior developer, and has hopes of one day becoming a tech lead. Having seen other team members progress up the ladder during his time in Sports Data, he feels this is an achievable goal.