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The TW Internship Experience - Summer 2019

Keeping diversity, equity and inclusion in mind, ThoughtWire has focused on expanding the schools we work with to ensure we have the opportunity to work with a range of talent. We’ve hired students from Waterloo University, Seneca College, McMaster University, University of Toronto, and this past summer, we worked with our first student from Guelph University! Abir Abbas joined us as a Software Engineer Intern and here he shares a snippet of his experience:

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

The top soft skill I learned while working at ThoughtWire is communication and being able to understand, document and explain problems and solutions in detail. Excellent communication begins with asking several questions, the importance of this is emphasized by every member at ThoughtWire. In addition, the top technical skill I picked up while working under Team Cloud at ThoughtWire was the ability to create, manage and deploy scalable cloud resources through AWS. Learning about the cloud requires a very open mindset and willingness to learn, it enforces several key skills that are transferable in several other aspects of one's career, this includes the ability to assess the benefits and expenses of new solutions to the same problem.

What was your favourite part of your job?

The favourite part of my job was the constant involvement in several projects and expanding my knowledge-base in several different technologies. I was constantly engaged in team conversations and given fun and challenging tasks that really tested my knowledge. For the most part of my internship, I was not treated like an intern, rather I was given daily tasks that directly impact our Smart Building products currently in production. 

What was/were your favourite moment(s) from your co-op term?

Among several exciting moments at ThoughtWire, my favourite moments were the product demonstrations me and my fellow co-worker held every sprint, the thrill of last minute changes right before you present something to the entire company was fun to say the least. Jokes aside, the product demonstrations really boosted confidence in our team and also helped the rest of our company understand what Team Cloud at ThoughtWire was working on throughout the sprints. 

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

Future co-ops should come into ThoughtWire with an open mind and willingness to learn new skills, there is a wide variety of projects to work on at ThoughtWire and each project comes with a new set of challenges. Furthermore, the co-ops should not be afraid to ask questions and clarifications in case of any confusion, this is important because a wide variety of projects and technologies also come with a wide variety of confusion. Luckily every member at ThoughtWire are very approachable and always willing to help. 

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