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Tarso Aires

Consultant developer & video game addict

I started programming around 2002, when I was still studying Chemistry in the University, and I heard about ThoughtWorks for the first time 2 or 3 years later. When I heard they were going to open an office in Porto Alegre I immediately applied for a job. After a couple of tries I was hired as a Consultant Developer in December 2011, and then I moved from Natal, my hometown, to Porto Alegre. After some months I moved to Recife office to stay closer to my family.

During this time in ThoughtWorks I worked with many different technologies I didn't have a chance to work with before. But more important than that, I was able to find a lot of awesome people from so many different cultures and places! They have taught me a lot about being a better person, and this learning process still goes and goes.

As obvious as it might sound, people from ThoughtWorks made me see that the passion for programming and learning new technologies is not the only thing that matters :)

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The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

Don't dedicate your energy only to be a better technologist, but also to be a better person. Pay attention to the people you work with and learn from their personal experiences.

The thing I love most about my work is

Unpredictability! You never know what will happen tomorrow in ThoughtWorks, and this is exciting :)

My geeky passion is

I have several different passions besides programming, but the strongest one is definitely playing video games :) I also like to play the drums and get together with my friends for a jam session.