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‘Pace helped me to apply my existing developer skills to MuleSoft development’: why experienced developers learn MuleSoft at Pace 

Developers are all different, but the best developers have one thing in common: they never settle. They’re always looking to upskill, learn more, and take on the next challenge. 

And that’s definitely true of Dylan Sands and Pavi Ramachandran. These two recent joiners came to Pace Integration with some great industry experience under their belts. But they wanted something more: an opportunity to get MuleSoft certified, and take their careers to the next level.  

Here, they tell us all about their experience getting qualified in MuleSoft, why they wanted to pursue the certification – and why Pace was the right place to do it. 

First off, can you tell us about your current role at Pace and how long you’ve been in it? 

Dylan: My role at Pace is Integration Lead Developer, where a year and a few months have flown by since starting my journey here.  

Pavi: I am currently an Integration Developer working on MuleSoft integration. I have been with Pace for two years so far. 

Can you tell us a bit about your background and your careers before Pace? 

Dylan: I studied at the University of Brighton doing Business Computer Systems. Then I started working as a support technician in Local Government before becoming a Digital Developer for Brighton & Hove City Council. This is where I was first exposed to integration.  

Pavi: I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2018 with a Software Engineering degree. After that, I worked as a Boomi Workflow Builder for 6 months and then moved to another company, continuing in the same role but working with a different software called Talend.  

Why did you decide to shift into a new technology like MuleSoft? 

Dylan: There are lots of things that really intrigue me about MuleSoft. It’s a powerful integration platform and I knew I wanted to learn it. 

Pavi: I enjoyed my previous role working with Talend but it’s a software that is not widely used and is slowly going out to date. I wanted to find something more challenging. 

How did you find the experience of training for your MuleSoft certification at Pace? 

Dylan: The training itself was quite heavy in terms of content so it was reassuring that Pace had a MuleSoft Onboarding programme in Asana to help break down what was needed to be done each week. It gave you clear objectives so you did not feel lost in the whole process. 

Pavi: I never had any exposure to Mulesoft before joining Pace but I really enjoyed the process of learning something new, and I found my previous development skills helped me a lot. Another thing that helped me was the Pace Integration 101 training delivered by our company leadership. Another colleague also ran a brilliant Mulesoft quiz which immensely helped me with passing my exam as it became good practice in answering test questions. 

How did you find the exam and how long did it take you to get certified?  

Dylan: It took me three and a half months from my first day at Pace in obtaining my MCD Certification. The exam itself was quite a daunting experience with it being a very strict process compared to Dell Boomi (which I had previously qualified in). But this gives you an enormous sense of accomplishment after you pass the exam, because you know that your all-round knowledge on this platform is solid.  

Pavi: I started my job on the 8th of March and I passed my exam on the 30th of April, so almost 2 months. I found some of the exam questions to be a bit tricky. However, I made sure to do lots of revision and was very pleased to pass on the first try!  

In comparison to different integration technologies you have used in the past, how have you found Mulesoft development and the platform used to create APIs? 

Pavi: I find Mulesoft to be a very user friendly software. I also think Mulesoft has more functionality. It’s not just a tool to build flows, it allows us to manage APIs as well.  

Dylan: After having a little bit of exposure to Dell Boomi, I found that using Mulesoft as a developer gives you more insight of the life journey of creating and implementing an API, from creating the schema and RAML spec to deploying the API itself.  

Now you’re a Certified MuleSoft developer, what does your day-to-day job involve? 

Dylan: At the moment I am working on a programme mitigating data from various source systems to SAP S4HANA Cloud ERP for multiple companies that deal with sports e-commerce.  

Pavi: My main role in the current project is to build APIs, test and assist the client every step of the way in progressing the API through each environment. 

And finally, what are you working on for the next phase of your career? 

Dylan: My aim is to gain more experience and become a Senior Dev in MuleSoft. I feel like I am in the right place to take this next step, because the openness and collaborative environment at Pace means everyone is always looking out for each other and striving to develop further in their careers. 

Pavi: I would ideally like to become a Senior Developer who has the opportunity to teach others since I have recently enjoyed running a lot of KT sessions. Pace is an organisation which provides people with this opportunity by training and supporting them, empowering developers to become senior developers. 

We hope you have enjoyed reading about Dylan and Pavi’s experience getting Certified in MuleSoft. Achieving their qualification is no mean feat, but they both accomplished it in double-quick time – proving that talented developers can turn their hand to any software, especially when they are at Pace! 

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Interested in becoming a Developer at Pace? Why not email us at careers@paceintegration.com with your CV and Cover Letter telling us why you would like to join our team!

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