As I was nearing the end of my 4th year studying Physics at Durham University, I basically had no idea what I wanted to do. I reached out to a recruitment agency and told them I wanted a role which was relatively customer-facing, but involved a lot of problem solving and solution designing in the background. As a result, I was invited to a graduate recruitment day at Cortex, for a role in the Projects team. I found the role sounded like it had everything I wanted, so travelled to Southampton to meet the team and participate. What really stood out to me was the relaxed atmosphere and the friendliness and openness of the staff; I immediately felt at ease.
18 months later and I have worked on multiple projects, the biggest of which was a Self-Healing solution for Capgemini. I was heavily involved in designing a system which could receive error messages, identify what the error was and where it had occurred, and then use its past experience to ascertain which corrective action to apply to fix that error. The many projects I have worked on have developed my architectural and design skills, my programming capabilities, and my abilities to lead a team of resources. I have grown in confidence as well as competence through delivering these projects.
I would recommend Cortex to anyone who enjoys problem solving, wants a relaxed working atmosphere (the working day very rarely strays beyond 9-5), and fancies enhancing their abilities at a pool table! If you are looking for a customer-facing role, with scope to travel (I have been to the Netherlands multiple times and will soon be travelling to the USA), then the Projects team would be an excellent fit for you.