Fredrik Skretteberg is a young software developer who kindly agreed to speak with us about his first few months in the broadcast industry, and how it was hard for him to find information about broadcasting specific technology and standards.
What is your current job title?
What did you study and where?
I studied Electronic engineering, specializing in embedded systems, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
What is it about this industry that incited you to pursue a career in it?
What incited me to pursue a career in broadcasting is Bridge Technologies. Embedded system development was my main career pursuit throughout my studies. Both hardware and software development. In the latter part of my studies, my interest in being more of a full stack software developer grew. At Bridge Technologies I have the opportunity to be involved in many different projects, from hardware design to cloud development. While my main focus is embedded software development for our hardware platforms. So I guess I was a bit lucky to end up in such an exciting industry as broadcasting!
How long have you been in the industry?
I have now been in the industry for 7 months.
Do you have a mentor?
I would not say I have a mentor in the typical sense. However, I work closely with one of the senior developers and get some mentoring through him. Also, being fresh out of the university and having a lot to learn, I get a bit of mentoring from many of the great people with whom I work with.
Are you part of a Tech Community/Network?
I am a part of the NTNU alumni network.
What kind of information were you missing when you joined the industry?
From a developer perspective, I was missing information about broadcasting specific technology and standards. Most of my tasks do not directly relate to the industry. However, to have knowledge about the industry is important regardless, and I am constantly learning and developing in this sense.
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What knowledge gaps/information were hard to find?
Broadcasting is a worldwide industry, and standards can differ between countries. Naturally, the documentation of these are not always best described in a language I can read. Getting proper documentation in these cases has been the hardest thus far.
Where do you go to look for information (apart from Google)?
I read books, watch presentations from conferences, and talk to my friends and colleagues. Also, as a software developer, I have been to Q&A sites like stackoverflow.com countless times for input on how to solve specific problems, or to get more information on topics regarding software development. Naturally, I also get a lot of information from the documentation of the technology I use.
Do you attend many exhibitions and conferences?
This far, in my short career, I have attended IBC. I know my company is present at many exhibitions and conferences around the world, and I will surely attend more conferences in the future.
Would you like to share a story that might help someone else who is starting out in a technology related job
I do not really have a good story, but I would like to think I have some insight. Starting a new, and especially the first job can be intimidating. There are many things to learn and get familiar with, a new environment, technology, company culture, people and more. It is easy to feel a bit insecure, and be a bit reserved. It is important to remember that you are a part of a team. You succeed and fail together, and it is in your teams best interest that you are thriving. Being altruistic and sharing information with the people you are working with is important. The more you share, the more others can learn from you and your work, and give you feedback. In the same way take advantage of the people around you, who probably have a lot more experience. Ask questions, listen and learn.
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