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What a strange year. I told myself I would try and write a blog without referencing it, but there is a giant, noisy elephant in the middle of every room right now – COVID19. 

In February this year, I decided that a new challenge would be fitting. After searching for available roles I came across an interesting company in my hometown of Maidstone called Church International Ltd, who were looking for a new recruitment consultant to join their already successful team. After an assessment day and a sit down with the MD, Brian Fitzgerald, it became clear to me that this was the opportunity for me – great culture and values, not to mention an excellent opportunity to develop and progress with a company that has been established for over 30 years. Thankfully, they also felt I would be a good fit for the company, and after accepting an offer I felt that my future looked bright with them.  

My start date was on 09/03/20 but then, all of a sudden, things changed and the country went into lockdown. I had come into a new job, in a new industry, and now was having serious anxiety that I would lose my job before I’d even begun. Fast forward 6 months, and I’m still here and thriving. Having been tasked with taking ownership of the Software Development chapter I had to quickly learn about the technology, jargon, and acronyms – there are a lot more programming languages, frameworks, build tools, etc than I could have possibly imagined. One of which quickly became my main focus – Python. 

The Python programming language has been around since the early ‘90s, and, with its ties to machine learning and AI, is going from strength to strength. So much so that NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to release a series of lessons and modules to teach about Python & Space exploration (https://www.techrepublic.com/article/python-programming-in-the-final-frontier-microsoft-and-nasa-release-student-learning-portal/).  

NASA is an instantly recognisable acronym, and has (possibly past tense now) been at the forefront of space exploration for over half a century. With the current pandemic sweeping the world, maybe now, more than ever, we need to find a viable solution for alternative living (maybe a slightly hyperbolic statement – though with Greta telling us about our failings too, you can’t help but wonder!) 

The association of space exploration, AI, and Python are due to its strength as a programming language to be used for projects big and small. It has an excellent variety of libraries, is a flexible and independent platform, is an easily readable code, and offers great visualisation options.  

As if to demonstrate the relevance of Python further within space exploration, potential life in the clouds of Venus was discovered with the help of, you guessed it, Pythonic scripts. 

With a knowledge of Python fast becoming one of the most sought-after skills, there is a huge demand for individuals who speak this language. Our clients are recruiting for Python Developers right now so, whether you are actively seeking a new post or open to exploring new opportunities please get in touch with me on 01622 423649  or email me at luke.barnett@church-int.com, there’s a massive universe out there to explore! 

References 

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/python-programming-in-the-final-frontier-microsoft-and-nasa-release-student-learning-portal/ 

https://djangostars.com/blog/why-python-is-good-for-artificial-intelligence-and-machine-learning/ 

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-020-1174-4 

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