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Platform Engineer

My education prepared me well for an environment where learning new platforms and integrating prior knowledge would be essential, says Jackson.

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Jackson Goode

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- What are the most important aspects of your job?

– At nLine, my team builds tools and analytics to track the reliability of electrical infrastructure in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our sensors track voltage data from sites on the ground in cities like Accra, Ghana. My role as a platform engineer has been involved on developing a novel architecture for our data pipeline that is extensible and can handle data across our sensor deployments across many countries. I’m also involved in maintaining the backend infrastructure for our database and DevOps. 

- What do you like best about your job?

– Working at a small start up, independent from venture capital, that measures and promotes equitable electric grid access for regions that are often lacking in these basic.

How are the studies offered by the Faculty of Humanities relevant to your job?

– The courses I took during my time in the Music, Communications and Technology master were incredibly interdisciplinary and required a high level of adaptability and an ability to embrace and learn new concepts rapidly. The education I received from UiO prepared me well for an environment where learning new platforms and integrating prior knowledge would be essential. It is a testament to the program that while my current role does not have music as its focus, the knowledge and hands-on experience prepared me to approach new, technical challenges in my current role.

- What is the best advice you can give new students who are wondering about job opportunities available to them after graduation?

– Gear the projects and experiences offered in your program to best prepare you for the jobs and roles you might want to eventually apply for. It is a great time to build up a catalog of achievements while there are educators and resources available to help you along the way.

By Torunn Nyland, Career and Employability Coordinator HF
Published Dec. 22, 2021 8:57 AM - Last modified July 1, 2022 12:58 PM