Anita, one of our new Quality Assurance Analysts, reflects on her intern to full time journey:
My journey with HCSS started at an Internship Mixer at the University of Houston held right before the Spring 2018 semester started. That is where I met Winnie and Allan, who were the recruiters at that time. They invited me to come to their office for an event that they were hosting in a few weeks. After I attended the event, I remember coming home and telling my family that, without a doubt, I wanted to work for this company.
I applied and the interview process went quickly and smoothly. I started working as a Strategy and Business Development Intern in April of 2018. In this position, I had the opportunity to learn about the construction industry, interact with customers, and learn their business and technical requirements.
In June 2018, I moved to the Development department as a Quality Assurance Intern for the HeavyJob Project Management team where I had the opportunity to work with an agile development team of six on a brand new HCSS product.
In January 2019, I transitioned into a Quality Automation Intern role where I learned software test automation and created a new automation suite for HeavyJob Project Management. I also worked on other projects on this team, such as the Releases Site and the Product Automation site.
As you can tell, I was bouncing from one position to another, and this was because I wanted to take advantage of my internship by absorbing as much as possible. I wanted to learn as many skills as I could during my time here, as well as meet and work with more of the amazing people that were a part of HCSS. Along the way, I wanted to find what kind of work interests me and what I could see myself doing after graduation.
In April 2019, I accepted a full time position as a Quality Assurance Analyst, and was all set to begin full time in December of 2019, right after my graduation from the University of Houston.
I had full time offers from other companies but the main reason I chose HCSS as my full-time choice was that I saw myself here for the long term — that is what set HCSS apart from the rest. In the other companies, I just imagined myself working for a few years, and then moving on. I think the main reason HCSS felt right was because I had experienced managers and co-workers who truly cared for my growth and career development. Also, I had a good internship experience in that I was encouraged to try new projects — this gave me assurance that if I chose HCSS as my full time employer, I would have the flexibility to get involved in projects that interested me and helped me grow further.
The conversion process from being an intern to a full time employee was also very smooth. Not only did I get to attend the onboarding classes organized by the HR department, I also took part in the QA Academy. During those 2 months in the QA Academy, I learned about all of the HCSS products, the role of quality assurance in each stage of the Software Development Life Cycle, and advanced software testing strategies like mobile testing, effective troubleshooting, and network traffic. Another important objective was to get familiar with the product that I was assigned to after converting full-time, HCSS Safety. I learned and presented to stakeholders all the features of the product, how the data flows in the backend, and how it integrates with our other products.
Fast forward to the present, I am now the Quality Assurance Analyst Lead for the HCSS Safety team. It’s been six months since I have been a full time employee, but it feels like I have always been on the Safety team because my team is so welcoming. I’m excited to continue my professional journey at HCSS and see what all I can accomplish here. If I were to give a word of advice to incoming interns, it would be to ask questions, be curious, and express your interests, because HCSS does a great job finding a best fit position for you.