What was your university and programme?
I joined Workday after completing a Higher Diploma in Computer Science in Dublin Institute of Technology. My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor’s of Science in Theoretical Physics which I completed in University College Dublin
What do you like about your current job? (What do you do each day?)
My favourite aspect of the job is that I am always learning. My daily work involves a lot of problem solving and each problem can bring different and interesting challenges and learning opportunities. It can be frustrating at times and I can struggle with certain things, but I much prefer this over a job where I don’t feel challenged.
What skills/technologies have you learnt since you came to Workday?
What's been your favourite event at Workday since you started?
For St Patricks Day this year Aoife, a teammate of mine, organised a céili event in the top floor of the Workday office. I was able to help with the planning of the event and we had Irish food and drinks (including a crisp sandwich station!) as well as Irish dancing and live music. It was a great event, and it was especially brilliant to see co-workers from many different countries enjoying it as well. The event was organised as a part of the Generation Workday graduate program.
Tell us about your interview process - do you remember the kinds of questions you were asked? Was it difficult?
The whole process was very relaxed. Through the rounds of interviews, phone screen, technical interview and in-person interviews, everyone I dealt with was friendly and put me at ease. I was not left waiting long for feedback after each round, being contacted by someone in recruiting many times during the whole process. For the role I was applying for, they were looking for a strong knowledge of object orientated programming and the technical aspect of the interview tested this.
A huge part of the interview is also cultural fit. Workday looks for people that can do the job, but also that will fit the company values and work as part of a team.
What Giving & doing activities have you been involved in?
Since joining I have had the chance to take part in a few of Workday’s many charity events throughout the year. Movember was a great success last year with lots of money raised and moustaches grown (unfortunately not by me and my lack of facial hair).
Workday has done lots of work with many local charities since I have been here and encourages employees to be charitable as well. One benefit I really appreciate is that Workday matches donations made by their employees
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I have been given the opportunity to learn and grow a great deal in the relatively short time I have been at Workday. I hope in 5 years I have continued that growth to further my skills and still have the same enjoyment for what I do. My manager and I hold frequent meetings to track where I want to go and what help I can be given to get there.
How was your first month in the job?
Joining as a Software Application Developer, after a week or so of sitting with my new team and getting set up, I began my “boot camp” training. This introduces new developers to XpressO, Workday’s proprietary language. It’s fast paced and you are given lots of information, but I found this great because, as a graduate coming straight from college, this training set me up to be able to join my team with the knowledge needed to start working straight away
What advice would you give to graduates looking for a job at Workday?
Your technical skills are important but equally important is showing that you are a good fit for the company. The interview process will be relatively relaxed compared to others I have experienced, so take the opportunity to show that you have the soft skills as well as the technical skills needed for the job. Research the company to get an idea of the history of where it and its culture came from