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 full-time in 2018. I am currently in the Graduate Technology Rotation program. The program gives me the unique opportunity to be on three technology teams over 12 months, after which I decide with my manager which team I’d like to work on full-time. I have been on teams that work with all aspects of the Workday technology stack. From the beginning, I felt like a valued member of each team. The intern programme supported the development of soft skills, while on my team, I was learning important technical skills hands on, which was very different to learning in the classroom.
What skills/technologies have you learned since you came to Workday?
My first five weeks at Workday were spent in California attending bootcamp, where we learned Workday’s proprietary language. This training was focused on application development. I have also worked on a team where we program in Java and Scala. This helped me relate to how pure developers work day-to-day. My current team is the last of my rotation and I’m in a DevOps position where we use Python & Ruby. I have also had the opportunity to work with cool, new languages like Docker.
Tell us about the culture in Workday?
The culture is 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. You never feel like you are on your own. Also, the work-life balance is really good.
What's been the biggest challenge to date?
During my second rotation, I was given a project of implementing a new tool for testing. It made it easier for the application team to configure tests and make their testing suite more efficient. The responsibility was a lot of pressure and I had three months to build it. I did research and the team was very willing to help. I was able to finish the project and the application teams are now using it. I am very proud of this accomplishment because I owned the project from start to finish and made a big impact.
What type of support do you receive for your career development?
Workday is really good at every level. I have a meeting every week with my manager to ask me what support I need. We attend a daily scrum where we offer ideas to each other and work through blockers. There are continuous workshops I can sign up for. The graduate programme offers support, too. We have monthly sessions and they are always available for a chat if needed.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
In five years, I’d like to be the technical lead of a team. People and communication skills are important for the role and I’d like to use my interpersonal skills along with my technical knowledge to help people develop the way that I have at Workday.
What advice would you give to graduates looking for a job at Workday?
My advice is to apply straight away. Workday is always interested in new talent. Look at different locations, too, if Ireland doesn’t suit you. Some 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 our culture. My advice is to practice algorithms. During the technical portion of the interview, make sure to explain how you work through the problem and resolve the issues.