My role: (Tell us about your current job and what it involves?)
I began my internship with Workday in 2017 on the Tools Development team. Before leaving Workday I received an offer to return to a graduate position in 2018. I am currently on the Graduate Technology Rotation. The rotation allows me to experience three technology teams over 12 months after which I decide with my manager which team I’d like to work on. I have experienced teams that work with all aspects of the Workday technology stack. The rotation has allowed me to experience different teams and meet people from a range of areas in Workday. From the beginning I felt like a valued member of the team. The intern programme supported the development of soft skills while within my team I was learning on the job which is very different to learning in the classroom
What skills/technologies have you learned since you came to Workday?
My first 5 weeks with Workday were spent in California to attend bootcamp where we learned the Workday proprietary language. This training was focused on application development. I have also worked on a team where we programme in Java and Scala (this helped to relate to how pure developers work day to day). My current team is the last of my rotation and is more of a devops position where we use Python & Ruby. I have also had the opportunity to work with new cool languages like Docker.
Tell us about the culture in Workday? (people, social etc.)
It’s great! Everyone is willing to help and I am constantly learning. When I came as an intern everyone was very helpful and supported my growth and development. The work life balance is really good. You never feel like your on your own.
What's been the biggest challenge to date?
During my second rotation I was given a project of implementing something that everyone in Workday can use. The responsibility was a lot of pressure and I had 3 months to build it. I did research and team was very willing to help. I was able to finish the project and the application teams are now using it. I was very proud because I owned the project from start to finish - it was something that needed to be implemented.
What type of support do you receive for your career development?
Workday is really good at every level. I have a catch up every week with my manager. Managers ask what support they can give to help me. We attend a daily scrum where we offer ideas to each other and work through blockers. There are continuous workshops available to sign up to. The graduate programme offers support too. We have monthly sessions and they are always there for a chat too if needed.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I’d like to be a technical lead in a team. People and communication are important for this and I’d like to use my people skills alongside the technical side of things. I’d like to help people to develop the way that I’ve been helped.
What advice would you give to graduates looking for a job at Workday?
Apply straight away. Workday is always interested in new talent. Look at the different locations too if Ireland doesn’t suit you.A lot of people haven’t heard of Workday but there is a lot of opportunity here. I wasn’t familiar with Workday but I’m delighted I’m here now.
From your own experience, do you have any tips about the interview process?
It’s not just technical skills that are important. Fitting in with the culture is a priority too. Personality is very important to maintain the culture. Practice algorithms. During the technical portion of the interview they want to know how you work through the problem and resolve issues.