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My first year experience

Name: Angy Timochina


Pronouns: They/Them
Role/Title: Consultant, Developer
Office Location: Chicago
Home Location: Chicago
Describe your First Year Experience in one or two words: Fun and Challenging

I’d love to hear about your career journey. Can you talk about what led you here and your decision to join Thoughtworks?

I was introduced to Thoughtworks at Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) in October 2019. I was in my final years of studying Computer Science and Bioengineering when I got the opportunity to go to GHC through a program with my university's Computer Science department . It was a pivotal moment meeting Thoughtworks there. What initially attracted me was the pronoun pins but what kept me there was talking about the culture at Thoughtworks. It was apparent to me then that I found a place that would support my growth as a technologist and that I could be honest about my gender identity, find support and safety coming into a tech company as a non-binary individual.


That summer I decided to pursue another internship but Thoughtworks remained in the back of my mind. During my last year in December 2021 I heard from Thoughtworks about their Thoughtworks University (TWU) program and I applied. Going through the interview process showed me the care that the people here take to check in on pronouns, ask thoughtful questions, and experience what working with a fellow Thoughtworker would be like. It was an easy decision from there and I happily waited 6 months to start at TWU. 


Ok take me back to your first day at Thoughtworks. Your first week. Your first month. How has your onboarding and First Year Experience differed from previous onboarding at other companies?

Before Thoughtworks I only had one experience as a developer for a 7 week internship. It was during the start of the pandemic and the experience was very different between the two.


The first week it was great having a cohort to join with and ask questions. It felt very welcoming with the meetings, resources, and support the First Year Experience team was giving. I was super excited to learn I would have a mentor, there was an organized Trello board, and plenty of chats to keep an eye on. It was plenty to absorb but really enjoyable. In my first month I went through TWU which was a challenging and fun way to experience diving into consulting with a mock client project. 


After TWU I had some time on the beach which presented its own challenges. There are many resources, the personal development budget, talking with staffing, setting up profiles, training, personal projects, beach projects, the list goes on. So plenty to choose from and for me I learned that it can be difficult to figure out a routine without having people to do it along with you or check in with.


What has been your favorite part of your Thoughtworks career to date? Any milestones? “Ah-ha” moments?

My favorite part of working at Thoughtworks so far has been the people I have met and going to office events. 


A few milestones have been going through TWU and gaining so many incredible connections, getting to experience two projects, and getting a grade change from consultant graduate to consultant within the year. 


The “Ah-ha” moments have been that everyone on your projects is learning, even people more experienced than you so don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something, or that you made a mistake and definitely speak up, ask for help. As someone new it can feel challenging especially in a remote setting but there is support everywhere and most everyone is trying to figure it out too. 


What advice would you give to someone who is starting their first day at Thoughtworks?

My advice is get connected early and stay connected with your peers, mentors, coaches, and other people at Thoughtworks. Set up 1:1s, go to events, get involved somewhere where you can feel comfortable and be connected.