Developing the technology of tomorrow: Conor’s role as a Software Engineer
Cyber security is constantly evolving and innovating as we face new threats, and the UK needs to ensure it is keeping pace with the latest developments. We are taking the lead on Building British Cyber and recruiting people from a variety of different backgrounds to our cyber and intelligence teams.
At Raytheon UK, our people are constantly looking at how we can evolve our technology. Conor is one of our software engineers developing the technology to defend the UK from tomorrow’s threats. We caught up with him to find out more about his work and why he joined Raytheon UK.
Why did you decide to move into the cyber sector?
I was looking for an industry where I felt my contributions would have a positive impact on society and where I would have the freedom to learn skills that would be important now – and also in 5, 10, 20 years as technology evolves.
Why did you decide to join Raytheon UK?
I was hunting out a company that not only looked to be successful but also supported its workers in a meaningful way. In my interview at Raytheon, I was overwhelmed by the supportive nature of the engineers I spoke with. I got the sense that they cared deeply about their colleagues and were willing as a company, and as individuals, to help you to learn, develop and grow while you work.
Since joining the company, I truly get the sense that the mental health and wellbeing of employees is the highest priority. The mantra they have spread since day one is to look out for each other and stay strong as a team. It is a spirit you can’t help but get behind
What do you enjoy the most about your role at Raytheon?
What I enjoy most about the role is the freedom to take Fridays as training days periodically. Raytheon seems to passionately understand the benefit that both contributing to a project and getting time for self-improvement and research can bring to day to day working.
Why is your role so important in today’s world?
As we venture further into the digital age, helping to develop products that support society and keep us safe will be vital. Being able to work on those tasks and draw upon the diverse range of experiences and cultures Raytheon employees have, helps to ensure the products we work on now best suit the needs of tomorrow.
Why do you think the UK is facing a STEM skills shortage?
The children in our schools now are the scientists, academics, and developers of our future. We sometimes forget that what motivates adults, when choosing a career, does not necessarily drive children when they are picking subjects to learn. A failure to make a subject entertaining and exciting is a sure-fire way to discourage children from sticking with it. That understanding is why Raytheon launched its Quadcopter Challenge to give students hands on experience of STEM – to make it interesting to students.
What do you think Raytheon is doing particularly well to help close the STEM skills shortage?
Having seen first-hand the work that colleagues put into delivering Raytheon’s STEM events, I believe Raytheon is hitting the nail on the head when it comes to bringing the subjects to life.
They are aiming their events at the broadest, most diverse audience possible in a fun way, to hopefully spark an interest that will guide children into STEM subjects and careers in the future.
Are you inspired by Conor’s story? Find out more on how you can join Raytheon UK’s cyber team and apply today