Meet a Codefresher

Paul O’Reilly

Dev Support Engineer – Tauranga, New Zealand

What was your very first job?

My first professional role was as a ‘Community Youth Worker’ at the Salvation Army, training and starting a program to support young people when I was 18.

How did you get into your current job or field?

When my family had an ‘Acorn’ computer, I started getting interested in computers. It was long enough ago that when you brought ‘Space Invaders’ it came as a book, and you typed the program in before being able to play it (which has got to be the world’s slowest loading screen!). I became interested in modifying and combining different games, and after a few decades of experimentation, I switched to IT-based roles. I currently work as a Developer Support Engineer, which is a lot of applied debugging to complex systems – an awesome blend of interacting with many clients, lots of teamwork, and in-depth problem solving.

What’s a fun fact about you that not many people know?

So far, I haven’t managed to touch snow or get anywhere near snow in my life…it’s one of my life goals!

What is your favorite activity or hobby that you enjoy outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy games that focus on automation and problem solving, like Factorio.

What is your best memory or favorite thing about working at Codefresh?

My favorite thing about working at Codefresh has got to be the people! The technology itself is awesome (and good automation can save a huge amount of time for everyone!), but the people are incredible!

In local wisdom:
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
Maori proverb