Starting at RailVision Analytics During a Pandemic
In March of 2020, I met the RailVision team at a career fair, and three months later, I joined the team as a software intern. Due to COVID-19, and the precautions put in place in order to control its spread, my entire recruitment and onboarding process happened online. I interviewed twice over Skype, sent paperwork back and forth by e-mail, and started my summer internship from home, all without having met my new colleagues a second time. This bizarre process of starting a new job from home had its challenges. I was trying to learn about the company’s operations and getting used to the day-to-day activity, but the day-to-day I was seeing was not at all the norm - the whole team was learning to adjust to a new way of collaborating. When looking to solve problems, a conversation that might have taken 5 minutes in person took a day’s worth of back and forth messages. In addition, as a visual learner, it was a huge disadvantage that we were not able to just draw things out on a piece of paper in order to explain or understand a concept. It was a big learning curve for me to get used to the team’s communication styles in this unorthodox context, but I think I learned a lot of valuable skills from starting the job remotely. I was able to expand my own verbal skills in and around software design, as well as improving the clarity with which I explain my ideas. I also learned how important it is for each member of the team to be on the same page, and the value of checking in with each other regularly to ensure that. On July 20th, we were finally cleared to move into our new office space at Centech. Within the first few days of working at the office, I felt a huge change in the momentum and productivity of our team, but I think it can in part be attributed to having learned how disorganized things can be when the communication channels get derailed. Although it was challenging to work from home, and might have slowed us down, in the long run we may benefit from all the new skills we now have as a result.
Click here to learn more:
Friday, July 31st 2020
Saphia PetardRelated link