APPRENTICE SOFTWARE ENGINEER
UP UNTIL NOW
I’m fairly new to Thales, so there’s been a lot to learn; but it’s all been made much easier by the people I’m surrounded by. Their knowledge and support makes you feel part of a valued team. I’ve already reached a big milestone too, after I was asked to get to grips with the automated test application we use, Squish, and became the office ‘expert’ on it. It made me feel really important. Mind you, right from day one, I was given responsibility when I was asked to travel and represent the company at the Arduino challenge and WISE Conference and Awards. It was a huge privilege considering I’m such a recent recruit to the organisation.
A REAL SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT
Right now, I’m looking at trying to run Squish on the build we have at our site. There have been some issues that have arisen, but that just adds to the challenge of trying to find new ways of doing things. As well as keeping me engaged, the feeling of achievement is wonderful when you overcome minor setbacks. When I’m not working on Squish, I have a day release at University to attend lectures and labs. I’ve also been on internal courses to help me learn more about what I’m working on. This ongoing training focuses on a question of the week and lessons once a month in the rigs, which all goes towards making what I do even more enjoyable.
YOUR EFFORT GETS NOTICED
My greatest achievement to date is actually something relatively small and subtle - learning the systems in the office well enough to start working on actual projects. It’s been a really big thing for me. And, it didn’t take long for my work to get noticed as being of a good enough standard. Being part of a caring but challenging team has really pushed me to achieve my potential too, and instantly made me comfortable in asking for help when I need it. What’s more, the opportunities I’ve had so far have totally exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend working here.
RELAX AND HAVE FUN
My top tip for someone thinking of joining Thales? Bring your ambition, determination, problem solving skills and outgoing and goal driven approach. But at the same time, relax, have fun and enjoy the challenges life at work throws up, because that’s when you really fire on all cylinders. Also, never be afraid to ask for help, as everyone here is unbelievably friendly. I got a particularly warm welcome from the graduates in the office - we go out for lunch together most days. I’ve also started to organise ‘Payday Outings’ where we meet as a group outside work and do anything from bowling to laser quest. It's simple really - Thales has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.