Integration Consultant Tom Devonald joined AgilityWorks fresh out of university, and in the first installment of our Graduate blog series, he tells us a little bit about what the last four years have been like.
Starting at AgilityWorks was a little unexpected due to having expected to continue into post-graduate education, but when I saw the job advert giving the opportunity to work with the latest technologies, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.I was apprehensive before I started due to not having any experience in integration but that soon eased when, in my second week, I was placed on an intensive training program which helped me get up to speed. Of course, when starting a career in Consultancy straight out of University, the biggest fear when placed on client site is that you are not an expert in the area. It was around this time that I was told the most useful piece of advice I was given in consultancy;
“Expertise is relative to the company you are in”.
Having started in the Integration team, I spent 8 months in the Data team before moving back to Integration. Being given the opportunity to experience a different area of the business helped me decide what I enjoyed most, and hence I chose to go back to integration which led to being trained in more complicated integration technologies.
The best part of my role now is the variety of projects I get to experience across a number of sectors and locations. Of course, projects can have their challenges but it’s a great feeling being involved from the design through to the go-live, and on the larger projects there is a real ‘team’ mentality at AW rather than operating as individual work streams which only adds to the enjoyment.
Being a reasonably introverted person, Consultancy isn’t an area I would have seen myself in 4 years ago but now it isn’t one I would think of leaving. I have developed technical skills whilst with AW but for me, it is the soft skills that I have developed most. I have come a long way since not feeling comfortable speaking in front of 2 people during a University presentation!
What do I see in my future? I want to keep growing in the integration space but at the moment, I am happy working on exciting and innovative integration projects for some of the largest household names.