Four years on from joining the graduate program, Bipsync holds family ties for this unabashed Irishman
Name: Jack Corscadden
Role: Senior Software Engineer
Coffee: Flat White from Hard Lines Coffee
In his first role since graduating it’s been a tale of discovery and progression for Jack Corscadden at Bipsync, but you get the feeling his story is only just beginning.
A very Derry guy
“Like a lot of people from the north of Ireland I’m probably quite abrasive in my Irishness, from my accent and the slang and phrases I use, to my alcoholic beverage of choice (Guinness).”
Hailing from the picturesque city of Derry, across the Irish Sea, Jack embarked on a transformative journey at the age of 18. His destination was Cardiff University, where he pursued a degree in Computer Science, and it was here that he found not only his academic path but a new place to call home. In 2019, he graduated with first class honors, and his commitment to excellence led him to the Bipsync Graduate Scheme.
It’s often said that the people make the place and that’s how Jack sees the vibe at Bipsync, defining the culture in one word: collaborative.
“It’s very rare that you won’t ask for or give out some help every single day. This was especially great for me as Bipsync is my first job post-University and this culture made it a great place to learn. You aren’t just learning about stuff that’s useful for a specific item of work either, people are happy to (and frequently do) share knowledge that will be useful for the rest of your career.”
The best days are filled with lines of code
Jack describes himself as having an obsessive personality with a range of interests he loves talking about, from soccer to science fiction and the unique sound of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. He fits right in with his Bipsync colleagues, being taken on as a Junior Software Engineer and since gaining two promotions to become a Senior Software Engineer.
Work-wise, nothing quite beats sitting down and hammering out loads of software code for Jack. That’s still a collaborative endeavor, as he is frequently called upon to review other developers’ code for verification and suggest alternative approaches.
“There are also plenty of internal meetings to talk through new features and how to solve problems. And as a member of the client implementation team we spend a lot of time working on our internal tooling that is used to onboard new clients and to administer their installations. We often work closely with these clients, jumping on calls to find out what exactly they want Bipsync to do.”
Special days (and nights)
Bipsync is a transatlantic business that draws collective strength from teams distributed between Cardiff, UK and New York, USA (plus hybrid working) where supporting, seeking and providing help is the norm.
“We’re always chatting to other people and that social element also makes Bipsync a great place to work. You feel like you know everyone in the company to at least some degree, and considering there is an ocean between both offices that’s some feat.”
Building bonds has been a highlight of Jack’s time at Bipsync, which has included enjoying the honor of being groomsman at the wedding of a co-worker. He’s made “some really great friends for life” and says the Bipsync nights out are always great fun – especially the annual ‘Bipmas’ celebration.
The next chapter
Jack has grown into an extremely valued team member, maturing into his role and becoming a source of education and inspiration for more junior colleagues coming through. Having been entrusted with new opportunities, and the scope to fulfill them at his own pace, Jack is ready to take on bigger responsibilities.
“I am always eager to work on more complicated projects and Bipsync has always allowed me to do this, something which has helped me progress in my career. My advice to others is, don’t be afraid to take on pieces of work that may seem daunting or difficult. Throwing yourself into the deep end is the best way to learn, especially when surrounded by people who are willing to point you in the right direction when you get stuck.”
So what’s next for this one-of-a-kind software star?
“Professionally? I still have a lot to learn! At the moment I’m working towards an AWS certification. I’d also like to explore taking on more of a management role at some point so I can better pass on stuff I’ve learnt along the way.
Personally? A lot more King Gizz shows is the only guarantee. I’m also saving up to buy a house and would love to, one day, write and publish a novel.”
Put us down for a copy Jack – it’s sure to be a tall tale indeed.