A day in the life of Carl Hamlet

11 September 2017
A day in the life of Carl Hamlet

Carl is one of the talented developers, who are continually working hard to make the solutions better. He is based in Stockholm, let’s find out more about Carl!

Wake up time?

7am if I am working from home but it can be earlier if I’m spending the day at a co-working space in Stockholm.

What do you have for breakfast?

Egg on toast or a yoghurt, but always a good coffee.

First thing you do when you get into work?

I like to get straight into the code if I can. I think I perform better in the mornings and so, if what I am working on requires thorough thinking/planning then I like to get that done early before decision fatigue can set in.

What project(s) are you working on?

Currently, I am building TNA Wizard, an employee portal where users can see their upcoming work schedules and other useful tailored information. They will have the ability request holidays along with many other great features that are in the pipeline. The project is moving into an initial user testing stage and the next few weeks are going to be exciting!

Silence, radio or Spotify in the background when you’re working?

Spotify all day, every day. Their music recommendation algorithms are awesome, my music taste as developed considerably since signing up, and with them being based in Stockholm they are a major part of the tech landscape here, so I’m a fan.

I find playing the right type of music really helps me zone in and concentrate on whatever I am working on.

Favourite work colleague?

I couldn’t say, some of the team are family members and I’ve worked with others for years. Currently, I’m working closely with Paul (tech team) and Chris (ops team) and they are really nice, talented fellas! Since starting the TnA project they have given me a lot of support and working with them has been great.

What’s the best bit about your job?

We are solving big problems for big customers and there’s a great sense that the things I am working on make a difference up and down the UK and beyond!

I also really love my profession, if I am not working or jogging then I’m likely tinkering around with code on some sort of project. My job and my hobby overlap nicely, on a Monday morning I’m not looking back to the weekend, I’m looking forward to the week ahead.

Plus! I can pitch up my laptop anywhere around Stockholm, I can be sitting in a nice café overlooking the city and Archipelago.

Packed lunch or take out for lunch?

I can be a stickler for routines, possibly too much so. If I’m working from home it will always be snabbnudlar (instant noodles) and if I’m out and about I’ll just go for somewhere that I know well.

You can ask Lee and Robb, they saw me have the same microwavable curry day in, day out for years. When I’m in the Liverpool office, I’ll go for whatever the team are having, Domino’s Friday anyone?

Favourite thing about working for Procure Wizard?

Freedom. Procure Wizard allow me to work from where ever I happen to be. Even more importantly though, I’ve had the freedom to work on the skills I’ve wanted to develop and push my professional career in the direction that I’ve wanted to go in. I feel very fortunate to know and be a part of this company, it’s a great place to be!

How would your work mates describe working with you?

They had a weekend of festivities and celebrating when I told them I was moving to Sweden and the flag at Hamilton Square always seems to fly half-mast when I’m back in their office.

So, I don’t know, it’s a hard one to call.

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