The Ri5 profile: Hannah Capocci, AIA Worldwide


Hannah Capocci is a web developer at AIA Worldwide, responsible for building some of the most engaging, interactive – and award-winning – careers websites for clients across an array of sectors. 

How did you first get into the industry?

In quite a non-conventional way. Firstly, I didn’t study computer science or anything to do with computers/coding, nor did I really have an interest in any of it at first. I went to uni and studied a BSc in Neuroscience and an MSc in Integrated Physiology in Human Health and Disease with the aim to get in to study Medicine.

I said I would help my friend out with moving articles over from an old site to a new one he built and this required adding very basic html to the articles and updating them in the html templates. I thought it was amazing and really fun and immediately wanted to learn more. So I did!

I talked to my friend and he taught me for a month and got me to the point where I could build my own site from scratch. A month later I got my first role as a junior web developer and have been self-taught since then!

Would you do the same again?

Absolutely! I love being a developer, I can’t really see myself doing anything else right now. I love the everyday challenges that come with coding websites and that there isn’t really any limit to the amount you can learn. The industry is constantly changing and adapting which makes it exciting, fresh and new on a daily basis.

What would you do if you didn’t do this?

I run my own pole fitness studio in Nottingham called Twisted Pole. I initially started it in 2010. The business is still going but I’m no longer teaching as I’m now in London. If I wasn’t doing this I would probably either still be teaching that and expanding the business or be working towards getting into Medicine.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?

‘Google is your friend’! A lot of people think that Googling is cheating - it isn’t. We’re not all superhumans who can remember every piece of information we’ve ever learnt. Plus, it’s quite likely that other people have experienced the issue you are having with your code and have a solution. Although I would encourage people try to tackle things themselves first and then go to google as a last resort.

You’re entertaining industry contacts. Where do you take them, and why?

To an escape the room game. If you’ve not been to one of those you haven’t lived! They are amazing. You have to search a room that you are trapped in for clues on how to get out. It’s definitely a great way to break the ice, get some teamwork going and have loads of fun.

What are you reading at the moment?

A few different things. Book-wise I am reading Magician by Raymond Feist; comic-wise I’m in the middle of a few different series including Saga and East of West.

And what are you listening to?

My Dad Wrote a Porno. It’s a podcast where the son of a man who goes by the pen name Rocky Flintstone reads out the erotic fiction his dad wrote and him and his friends comment on it. Probably the most inappropriate thing to listen to at work because you spend most of your day trying to fight the urge to burst out laughing. It’s hilarious.

What are your top three films?

Too many to boil down to just three. I think Requiem for a Dream is definitely up there. I love how it’s shot and I know it’s hugely depressing but it’s still a great film.

Something or someone for Room 101?

Bruno Mars… God that guy pisses me off.

What items do you never leave home without?

Oyster Card holder with all my cards etc., and that’s about it.

What is your ideal holiday?

Travelling around multiple countries or continents and being able to actually experience the real culture of those places. No touristy areas. Having the opportunity to try things I’ve never done before like sleep in the jungle or climb a non-UK mountain.

Three words to describe yourself?

Ambitious, motivated and fun.

Your best and worst habits?

Best habit, which can be annoying for me too is that if someone tells me I can’t do something then I’ll do everything to prove them wrong. I don’t know what my worst habit is, I’m sure my friends could tell you a few. It’s probably picking up other people’s habits. As soon as I notice them I seem to start adopting them for a bit.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate. Allllll of the chocolate.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

I’m actually really soppy. It just takes a sad video or maybe even a happy one where they take that poor dog who’s almost dying off the streets and nurse it to health again to make me bawl my eyes out.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

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