My role: (Tell us about your current job and what it involves?)
I first joined Workday in 2016 when I did 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 converted to a full time employee 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 the Workday products is given to us and we work together and with other teams to amend, update and improve them to become more user friendly. The teams that we mostly work with are the product managers and sometimes developers. Whoever is head of the project coordinates the teams input. We meet regularly to involve all stakeholders and update each other on progress.
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 purpose and then piece everything together towards the end. The day to day work is very detail focused so patience and attention to detail are skills that I have had to master. Professional skills that I have developed since being on this team include teamwork/collaboration, managing stakeholders. Planning is very important in my role. Once the project has been decided, I meet and share my ideas with my senior teammate daily and we then plan to deliver the bigger picture.
Tell us about the culture in Workday? (people, social etc.)
Workday is a friendly and social company and 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. In Workday, everyone naturally helps each other out which I really like.
What's been the biggest challenge to date?
Definitely the language barrier and a result of this was that 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 to 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 so that our customers are happy with our features and the system are easily navigated. I wanted to make sure that I grew my skills to support the 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 also helped me to develop my professional skills which I can then bring to my day to day work. Figuring out what the user wants can be difficult but I keep trying!
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I’ve applied for a Masters in user experience to enhance what I can bring to the role. I hope to become a more senior member of the team and move into a leadership role eventually.
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 nice 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 as it shows that you have the skills needed for the job.