22 Sep From Internship to Full Time
At the beginning of the summer, recent Eleven Fifty Academy graduate, Sydney Vespa, joined Team Awesome as an intern. After three months of proving herself to be, well, awesome, Sydney was offered a full-time role as a Quality Assurance Automation Engineer.
We chatted with Sydney about her experience going from internship to full time and what advice she’d give to other interns.
Where did you go to school?
After I got my GED, I attended Ivy Tech for Business Administration. I was then going to go towards transferring to IUPUI and working towards becoming an attorney. Still, then I had my daughter, Arya, unexpectedly and decided that six or seven more years of school just wasn’t realistic for me personally. I then found out about Eleven Fifty Academy through my uncle and took a 3-month software development course.
What did you study?
Business Administration and C# software development.
Do you feel like your studies prepared you for the internship?
Yes and no, haha! I studied C# at Eleven Fifty, and when I came to Inverse-Square, I started using Element Flood, which I had never used before. Still, if it wasn’t for that course, I don’t think I would’ve had any idea of what direction of where to start going into learning about the subject and actually using it.
“I’ve never had a work environment like this, and I enjoy this so much and I’m so thankful for it.”
What type of tasks did your internship entail?
I run Flood testing, which is a browser-based load generation tool. I would write scripts with Jesse’s help to do tasks around a website and run them through Flood to see how many users the website could handle and where the weaknesses were.
What did you learn during your internship?
So many things! Learning Element being the biggest thing, obviously. I learned about functional testing and just how a business works. I’ve worked in food service since I was sixteen, and this is like a whole new world to me, so every day, I learn something new about how everything works in this type of environment, not even just about coding or running tests.
What did you enjoy about your internship?
Working with everyone is the biggest thing. I’ve never had a work environment like this, and I enjoy this so much, and I’m so thankful for it. The chance to learn something new every day and expand my knowledge is something I’m extremely thankful for as well, and I enjoy it a lot.
“What can I take from today and what can I learn and make the next day even better?”
What will you be doing in your new role?
I’ll continue doing what I’ve been doing! And I am really happy about that, I love doing this, and I feel like I’ve found my niche.
What are you looking forward to most about your new role?
Continuing to learn more about each new project and working with everyone.
Where would you like to be in your career in five years?
I honestly do not know, haha. I never thought I would be where I am now, so I can’t honestly say I can picture five years from now. I can say that I would like to continue to be like I am now, happy, learning, and growing.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to future Inverse-Square interns?
I would say it can probably be overwhelming at first, but to take it one day at a time and focus on, “What can I take from today, and what can I learn and make the next day even better?”.