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The TW Internship Experience - Engineering

Our final installment in the ThoughtWire intern series comes from our engineering team with two talented young developers, Milind and January (Junior Automation Developers).

During their time at ThoughtWire they worked on a variety of tasks on our engineering teams - such as automated tests, developing tools, and configuration of our core platform. They had a blast - and will certainly be missed!

1) What is/are the top skill(s) you've learned while working at ThoughtWire?

Milind: The top skill I’ve learned from working at ThoughtWire during my co-op was the importance of quality discussions and knowledge transfers. Being in a very fast-paced engineering team (Pipeline Team), I learned how critical it was for everyone to be on the same page in order to progress through the sprints smoothly without any hiccups.

January: The top skill I learned at ThoughtWire is collaborating with others. Not only a lot of collaborations within my team, but also cooperation with other teams. Plus, my learning skills have improved a lot since the company lets co-ops do "real" stuff that is on the market.

2) What was your favorite part of your job or favorite moment(s) from your co-op term?

Milind: My favorite part of my job was being able to contribute meaningfully to the overall progression of our projects. Every sprint I was tasked with new problems, which allowed me to further my programming skills effectively.

January: My favourite part of my job is that I got lots of opportunities to explore new fields. The company encourages employees to try out their ideas.

3) What advice would you give to future co-op students?

Milind: The one piece of advice I would give future co-op students is to not be afraid of asking for help. I never asked too many questions because I thought I would be inconveniencing my team since I know they were busy with a handful of other things. Later down the term did I realize they were more than happy to help the entire time. So, save your time and ask for help.

January: My advice I would give for the future co-op students:

  • Never be afraid of asking questions or help. People here are very friendly and patient.
  • You may need to practice and improve your searching and learning skills because you are expected to have the ability to work independently sometimes. Or, you may work on some projects with your teammates but none of you have worked on this before. In this case, you will have to work with your team to figure it out.
  • Go to the social events they organize on Slack. Have fun!

 

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