A Day In The Life Of An Equal Expert With Brett Strydom

We recently asked Brett Strydom, a software engineer at Equal Experts in South Africa, to tell us about his typical working day. Brett has been with Equal Experts for a little over four years, working as a software engineer.

Here’s what Brett says about his typical working day:

Although Brett is based in South Africa, he’s currently working with one of Equal Experts’ clients in the UK, a national grocery chain. “We are working on an interesting project called Scan Pay Go, that allows shoppers to scan items with their cell phones and then do a self-checkout,” Brett explains.

Brett’s usual working day starts at 8am, but because of time differences between the UK and South Africa, it can be a couple of hours before Brett’s colleagues come online. “We’ll usually start with the stand up, and then pair with one another throughout the day on different tasks,” he says.

What makes Equal Experts unique is the people and the culture. “I find people at Equal Experts to be really kind and accommodating, and my colleagues treat me with respect and empathy,” says Brett.

After four years with EE, one of the most enjoyable things about Brett’s job as a software engineer is the opportunity to work with a team that shares the same values, he adds. “We’re a team of adults who share important values like empathy for one another, and we respect one another. If that sounds great, then EE could be a good fit for you.”

If you’re considering your next move in DevOps, data engineering or software development, we’d love to hear from you at Equal Experts. We are always looking for exceptional developers to join our network, which is focused on delivering innovation alongside a great working culture of constant learning and genuine collaboration.  

If you’d like to find out more about working with us, drop us an email at hello@equalexperts.com

Here at Equal Experts South Africa, we’re busy with a number of initiatives as part of our contribution to society. South Africa is a developing country, with an unequal distribution of wealth and opportunity. We believe that contributing to levelling that playing field is the right thing for us to do. 

We’ve made two donations to charities, who are doing sterling work during the Coronavirus pandemic. The first donation went to Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis, an orphanage in Johannesburg, the second to Holy Cross Children’s home in Cape Town. Children are being badly impacted by our Coronavirus-induced recession, which is being combined with a cold winter.

We’ll also be sponsoring five disadvantaged people doing IT learnerships this year. The company providing the training has a 100% success record in placing candidates, so we’ll be adding to the national IT staff pool while giving people access to new opportunities. In addition, we’ll also host the trainees on some of our projects throughout the year to give them a feel for real software projects.

A key part of reducing inequality in South Africa is supporting small businesses. We direct a majority of our procurement to companies owned by disadvantaged people and also help a small supplier of specialist HR skills with internal process improvements. By doing this, we hope small businesses will grow their own capabilities more quickly and increase their competitiveness and ability to tackle larger projects. 

While delivering software services to clients in South Africa and abroad, we’re enjoying being able to contribute to the society we are a part of, doing our little bit to ensure we recover from the scars of the past.