Jimmy Gardiner

Junior Tester

How did you start working with us?

I studied Music Studio Technology at Southampton Solent university and then spent some time in retail management and machine engineering afterwards.

I had come to a bit of a halt in my previous career and fancied a new challenge with the possibility to develop a new career with a global company in eCommerce. A friend of mine had worked for Wunderman Thompson Commerce & Technology for several years. They enjoyed working for the company and suggested that it could be an area that I would find interesting. The rest as they say is history!

My last role required attention to detail and problem solving in groups which has been helpful with my current role.

What have you learnt?

The support available from all my work colleagues has been a welcome surprise for me, everyone I have asked for guidance or advice has been incredibly helpful and friendly. Working with my team, there is a great attitude among the other QAs and developers to assist each other. Working remotely was an early challenge for me, not being able to interact with my work colleagues face to face. I’m looking forward to finally meeting them when the offices reopen fully!

No two days are the same and there is always an opportunity to learn something new. It’s a challenge but a welcome one!

Why Wunderman Thompson Commerce?

There is an amazing structure in place to help your learning and support your journey throughout the programme. There is an emphasis on both personal and professional progression and growth. I recommend you take full advantage of the opportunities available to help develop yourself as a person, as well as supporting your career aspirations. Since joining I have passed my ISTQB exams, and after training become a Mental Health First Aider supporting others across the business.

Despite joining during lockdown, I have found that the company have been excellent in trying to encourage colleagues to interact socially. Quizzes, photo and walking challenges have been a highlight!

What gives you a buzz?

Finding solutions to problems, particularly in groups, there is quite a satisfaction in seeing a finished product.

Advice for new graduates

Don’t be afraid to reach out to anyone for support, if they don’t have the answer to a question, they’ll guide you to someone who does.