I first joined Workday in 2016 through an internship with the Talent Marketing team. The following year, I joined the User Experience team as an intern. Following this internship, in October 2018, I was hired full-time as a graduate product designer. This team is very design-oriented. We focus on one project at a time with a target end date for delivery. I am teamed up with a senior designer who guides and mentors me throughout our projects. Feedback on the user experience for Workday products is given to us and we work together and with other teams to amend, update, and improve them to be more user-friendly. The people we work with the most are product managers and developers. We meet regularly to involve all stakeholders and update each other on our progress.
What skills/technologies have you learned since you came to Workday?
There are a number of useful tools that we use such as Sketch and Figma. We use each tool for a different purpose and then piece everything together towards the end. The day-to-day work is very detail-oriented so patience and attention to detail are skills that I have had to master. Since being on this team, I have developed professional skills such as collaboration and managing stakeholders. Planning is very important in my role. Once I’ve made decisions on a project, I share my ideas with my senior teammate and we then plan to deliver the bigger picture.
Tell us about the culture in Workday?
Workday is a friendly and social company that really cares about its employees. I’m from Spain and I get to travel home a lot. My manager is really flexible, and I can work from home sometimes when I travel to Spain. When I first arrived, the language barrier was difficult, but everyone was patient and helpful. At Workday, everyone naturally helps each other out, which I really like.
What's been the biggest challenge to date?
Definitely my language barrier. As a result of this, it took me time to understand fully what Workday does, especially on other teams.
What type of support do you receive for your career development?
I came from an audiovisual communication background, which is very different from what I do now. I received support and guidance from my manager from day one and mentoring from other members of my team, too. The user experience is very important to Workday to ensure that our customers are happy with our features and the system is easily navigated. I wanted to make sure that I developed my skills to support my team, so I borrowed a lot of books from my manager and learned as much as I could. I am part of the Workday graduate programme, which has helped me to meet others in Dublin. This has also helped me to develop my professional skills, which I can then bring to my work.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I’ve applied for a Masters programme in user experience to enhance what I can bring to the role. I want to become a senior member of our UX team and move into a leadership role at Workday.
What advice would you give to graduates looking for a job at Workday?
Show initiative and have a good attitude. You may not know everything but be open and willing to learn. If you don’t know something, just ask for help and advice - everyone is always willing to help.
From your own experience, do you have any tips about the interview process?
Have a positive attitude, be yourself, and be willing to listen. I had a great interview experience. I met with the team manager and a senior member of the team. I didn’t have a design specific portfolio, but I showed them my portfolio of projects that I had worked on in college and was able to talk through the concepts. Competency questions are also important to answer because it shows that you have the skills needed for the job.