Data Architect

Amy's graduate story

Amy's now a Data Architect at OS

I came to OS three years ago - straight from Lancaster University where I studied physical geography.

I believe the OS graduate scheme is a great way to learn more about the geospatial world and find your niche within it.

I started as a Trainee Technical Product Manager but I’m now a Data Architect. I look at how our data fits its purpose. So it’s managing data – how to capture and model it and present it to be more usable and effective.

We can play our part in changing the world. We take geospatial for granted in GB as it’s underpinning so much stuff here already. But in developing countries we can make a real difference. 75% of the world has poor or no addressing. That means only colloquial directions for police and emergency services.

Location data is powerful for these countries – and we can help them grow their geospatial capacity.

At OS we’re always keeping our eye on new trends and getting new tech ready for emerging needs, which could be anything from a data API to an app for a phone.

We’re always keeping our eye on new trends and getting new tech ready for emerging needs, which could be anything from a data API to an app for a phone.

— Amy
I’ve just worked on the delivery of the three new open data products, including OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. Freely available location data can support all sorts of innovative projects.

You’re never short of support here. I work with IS teams, software architects, operations staff, senior technical product managers… And of course customers for their insight.

It’s a collaborative place and people are happy to share their wealth of knowledge. The most valuable stuff I’ve learned hasn’t been on training courses, but when people here have taken the time to sit down and help me.

I also like the fact that the work we do is always interesting. My line manager has always encouraged me to carve my own path. It’s a great place to work in terms of people and culture. Everyone is friendly, and OS promotes a great work-life balance. There are lots of activities to join and everyone’s a good influence on each other.

I’d say our grad scheme opens up any door you want it to. You’ll learn things you won’t necessarily learn at Uni – or anywhere else!