When I was eight, I saw my older brother playing Super Mario on his XBox and it looked like so much fun! I begged him to let me have a go and, after a few weeks, I beat him for the first time. I was SO excited, but he wouldn't let me play against him again or even go near the XBox. My mother said I could use the PC instead and together we learned to write simple games in Scratch.
(Image is actually Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Product at Google.)
In this job, I have to work effectively under time pressure, be very organised and responsive to customers' requests. I learned the technical skills associated with the job quickly and got some great advice from an Italian barista when I was on holiday in Rome. My ability to fix the machines when they went wrong was much appreciated.
I did A-Levels in Computer Science (A), Maths (B) and English (C).
I worked on Saturdays and during some school holidays at my local newsagents. As well as cashier duties, I helped with stocktaking and stacking shelves. I also balanced the tills at the end of each day.
I achieved 8 GCSEs, including Computer Science, Maths, English, Chemistry, Biology, History and PE, all with good grades, including 3 As.
To gain some work experience, I helped at a children's centre that was running a school holiday club. My responsibilites including setting up games for the children, following instructions from the room leader and tidying up afterwards.