A Spotlight on…
Sep 4, 2018
Mark Laing is one of our Graduate Software Engineers coming to a technology career at THG via our Technology and Innovation Accelerator Programme.
What did you study at University?
I originally studied an integrated master’s degree in mathematics. Then, after a year pursuing other career interests, I returned to university and completed a masters by research in neuroscience. I am currently pending submission for a doctorate in neuroscience.
What background (if any) do you have in technology? How has your interest in technology developed?
I have had a keen interest in programming since completing a project for my Maths degree. This involved a numerical model of a dynamical system which approximated aspects of the Earth’s magnetic field.
The use of machine learning techniques in research has been increasing for the last few years. I recently became interested in using these techniques for research; this piqued my interest in the technology sector.
What was your motivation for applying to THG Accelerator?
Most of the programming I have done until recently has really been scripting. These scripts were used to automate certain analyses or run experiments, but they have always been limited to a single use. I wanted to learn how to generalise these kinds of procedures and create applications that are useful for everyone. The accelerator provides an opportunity for me to learn from experts in a structured environment.
What do you find appealing about a career in technology?
I would say it is the pace of change within the sector. I’ve discovered that I work best when I have new projects to work on and new problems to solve. Because the landscape is always changing, I think a career in technology will always provide unique and interesting challenges.
What advice would you give to others thinking of applying to the programme?
There is a lot to pick up, so ask for help when you need it.
Finally, who is your tech role model and why?
My role models are those who actively contribute to the open source software that forms the ecosystems within which technology companies can thrive. Beyond the Accelerator, I hope to make my own contribution to the community.