What drew you to a career at Cyara originally and how has the company changed since?
I was introduced to Cyara through an Internship where I was placed within the company for six months. During this time, I worked with two different teams and really enjoyed the experience, both from a technical and social aspect. I was given the chance to grow professionally and personally and I was very enticed by the accepting and positive culture. It is because of this that I was drawn to Cyara and continued to pursue the opportunity to work here after my internship commenced. Since then, Cyara has adopted the scaled agile framework and has taken multiple steps toward promoting the company’s growth and our personal growth as employees
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
A typical day for me consists of participating in a Scrum, creating or enhancing automated tests, or performing manual testing when automation cannot be achieved. During this process I also ensure that any discovered defects are raised with the necessary people. Depending on where we are in the Program Increment (PI), I also review the test automation runs and may create test plans for planned feature work or regression testing.
At the moment I’m currently working on adding automated accessibility tests for the new audio editor that’s been recently integrated into the Cyara portal.
Tell us about your work life harmony at Cyara?
I find that I’m able to have a harmonious work-life relationship as the work I do at Cyara is intellectually stimulating and provides me with the opportunity to learn and refine my skills. I believe this is an incredibly important factor in achieving harmony as it makes my work enjoyable which in turn allows me to be engaged and motivated to do my best work.
Describe your current role at Cyara.
At Cyara, my role is a Junior Software Developer in Test. I work in a team called Phoenix and some of my responsibilities include promoting quality, conducting and writing suitable tests within our existing frameworks, and reporting any issues I find. In addition, I also participate in other ceremonies like refinement, retrospectives, QA chapters and more.
How would you describe the culture at Cyara?
Cyara is a very positive company that is culturally diverse and accepting. We are always encouraged to be connected with each other and embrace our diversity with initiatives like cultural food days and office sport tournaments when we are not working remotely. In addition we have social Slack channels and virtual Happy Hours on Fridays.
What has been the most empowering moment in your Cyara career journey?
I haven’t had a single most empowering moment, but rather, have had many empowering moments especially when I challenge myself and learn something new.
What are you passionate about in your role?
I am passionate about continuous improvement. In my role, I aim to achieve this by doing my best to ensure the quality of my work and by seeking to learn from my peers and the challenges I face. I believe that through my efforts in testing I can contribute to the growth and refinement of the Cyara platform and hope that I can help ensure quality and customer satisfaction.
How does Cyara help support your sense of purpose in your career?
I feel a sense of purpose when I see that the work I do benefits my company and when I am able to learn and grow as a professional. Cyara supports this as personal development is widely promoted and we are given opportunities to do this both during and outside of work. For example, we’re granted annual Learning Stipends which we can use on books, courses and more to further educate ourselves.
What have you gained from working at Cyara from a career perspective?
Having started as an intern and progressing to full time work, I have learned a significant amount at Cyara. Being my first experience in the industry I have, to name a few things, learned how to work well with different teams, problem solve, manage my time and much more.
If you could describe Cyara as an employer in 3 words, what words would you use?
Progressive, encouraging, inclusive
How has Cyara’s global approach to diversity helped you in your career so far?
During my time at Cyara I have met, worked with and learned from a variety of different people with different backgrounds. I think this kind of exposure has allowed me to become more understanding and empathetic and I believe these will be valuable skills that I can utilise throughout my career.