There was an assessment centre day during which we completed some written exams to test our programming knowledge and ability. Next we had a team exercise with an interesting twist! Finally, I had a non-technical interview with my future manager.
I have been able to take responsibility for many important tasks since I work in a self-organising agile
team. My team always trusts me with every task I undertake. I’ve been given the autonomy to work
unfettered by any doubts about my ability.
Demonstrate diligence with your CV and cover letter in the application. You can prepare for the assessment centre with mock assessment centres and research. You can go the extra mile by reading the Cognito iQ blogs.
I’m constantly learning new things. Sometimes it’s about the Cognito iQ platform, but mostly it’s new technologies and new ways of problem solving. When I’m at work, I explore the same software interests I have outside work, which is a pleasure.
It took time to learn how to navigate through the Cognito iQ platform, the new technologies, the world of Cloud, the terminology, and the agile process. After three or four weeks I had the enough knowledge to make a real contribution to the team.
One of our performance-enhancing services deployed in all of our environments was written entirely by me. The implementation involved writing the application code, making changes to several other services and architecting the solution for the Cloud.
The balance of individual work and teamwork is great, and the teams are very talented. Most
importantly, I haven’t just learned about Cognito iQ, I’ve learned countless transferable technical and
non-technical skills that will benefit me for life.
It’s very friendly and relaxed, with an open atmosphere which is great for collaboration in, and between, teams. You are free to visit someone’s desk and they will be happy to help, and you can always put your headphones on if you want to get in the zone!
Now and again someone will organise dinner or a pub night, and our team occasionally has a pub lunch. The company also has a big Christmas party every year.
The company is very supportive of placement students, and many return after they graduate. The fun atmosphere and the exciting challenges ahead are more than enough to tempt people to come back!