What it’s like to work at CA as a Digital Demand Strategist
When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Digital Demand Strategists is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.
Steve Tait is a Digital Demand Strategist located in the CA Vancouver office. He came to CA Technologies in 2013 through its acquisition of Layer 7, where he had worked for two years. He just celebrated his five-year CA anniversary in June.
At Layer 7, Steve ran the Digital Demand Generation side of the Marketing department, and when he first came to CA he worked across business units helping to execute on digital campaigns through our digital agency. He then moved to the Marketing Operations team and worked on executing CA’s global search campaigns across business units and regions.
Now, Steve has come full circle back to API Management, working within CA’s Digital Demand Center running the global digital demand strategy.
“My job is to create digital marketing campaigns that create leads for sales to generate pipeline. I target potential customers through online marketing tactics like search engine marketing, social media and display,” said Steve.
Outside of work, Steve’s main focus is spending time with his family.
“I have two young children, Noah and Stella, who are the light of my life. I coach both of them in hockey – a perfect day for me is spending the day at the rink watching both of them on the ice.
“I have an awesome wife and we love traveling to her home country, Germany, when we get the chance. I love spending time with our German side of the family and enjoying the German culture when we’re there.”
An average day at work
A typical day at work for Steve involves a lot of time on calls with his team, which is spread throughout North America, including Boston and New York.
“The rest of my time is spent managing the digital campaigns from my desk in Vancouver. I generally eat lunch at my desk on the fly – a lot of the folks I work with are on the east coast so often I’ve got meetings scheduled over lunch. And I do work from home a couple of times a week as well. My job is pretty exciting, never boring.”
The best part of the job
Steve says the best part of his job is working with so many extraordinary, smart and talented people on a day-to-day basis.
He also enjoys the Vancouver office. “It’s located right in the heart of Vancouver so there are lots of options for lunch, with food trucks all around, cafés, restaurants and bars. Transit options are good as well for commuting into the office. The trains and buses are within walking distance from the office,” he said.
Many people who are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Steve what advice he would have for them about them about choosing to work for a lesser-known B2B technology company, rather than a better-known brand.
“The main thing to think about when joining the tech industry and working for CA is, it may be a lesser-known tech company, but we’re still one of the largest global Enterprise Software companies. Working for a company that’s a leader in the application economy, a company whose products are truly driving Digital Transformation on a global scale, is something to be very proud of.”
As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization.
Meet Marisa Chua. She’s the Vice President, APJ Sales Operations.
What does a Vice President, APJ Sales Operations do?
Marisa’s Sales Operation role has broad scope and a deep impact on sales productivity, sales efficiency and performance. She highlights some of her responsibilities below.
“I leadthe sales operations function, monitoring the effectiveness of sales efforts and ensuring they are aligned with the overall business objectives. My work involves assisting individuals in execution of their duties, ensuring constant improvement in their professional skills and preparing them for the next level in their career aspirations.
I partner with the senior leadership team in driving sales growth strategies, ensuring there is adoption at all levels in the organization. This includes balancing sales territories, customer segments, business planning, allocating quotas and positioning initiatives that further develop sales effectiveness and business growth.
I’m also very close to the execution of sales intelligence and data analysis that provide critical insights for the business on sales forecasting, sales effectiveness, and reporting of sales performance, to identify opportunities for growth. At the same time, I also drive the adoption and usage of sales automation solutions.
In my role I collaborate with cross-functional teams. With Marketing, we’re enhancing visibility of pipeline management. With the People team we determine effective performance in the sales organization. With Finance we execute financial analysis, reporting & sales forecasting, and with GIS we monitor and drive performance and functionality of our business systems.”
“Sales Operations is a group of specialists there to support and optimize the sales team. If our Sales reps are Formula One drivers, we’re the engineers and pit crew.”
Bring What You Bring
At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another, and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This is the core philosophy of the ‘Bring What You Bring’ concept. The ethos of this concept is spread right across the organization and when speaking to Marisa about what she brings to CA, this is what she had to say:
“My biggest asset is my experience which in turn is made up of 3 main ingredients:
Passion for the profession: My attitude has always been if I am going to do something, I should put every effort into it to succeed.
Team player: I thrive in a team environment and fully believe a team that is communicating well will be the most productive and successful.
Ability to work under time pressure: The ability to multitask and work across several projects at once, with regular deadlines throughout the year, is inherent in sales operations. Although there were very busy times and teething problems, I am usually calm and in control till the desirable outcome is achieved.”
Marisa has been frequently associated with a starfish, and she brings the following values to CA as well.
Ability to reinvent
Adapting to new environments
Blaze a trail
She has the ability to take initiative and follow through, observe, analyze and make the most of opportunities around her, to make a difference.
One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders
Marisa believes that women should always be curious and passionate about their work. They should also have the ability to help others to grow their careers professionally.
“I try and emulate a quote that is close to my heart.
’Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that this impact lasts in your absence.’
There are four principles that I hold dear to me:
Stay curious and learn something new every week.
Follow your passion. If you don’t love your job, you cannot be passionate about it.
Help others rise as people are our biggest assets.
Forward thinking is pivotal to organizations who undergo transformation.”
My female inspiration
Marisa mentions her biggest inspiration is Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
“I draw inspiration from people who are genuinely fearless as they try to make the world a better place. People who are not necessarily in the limelight but who are committed to making a cause. My biggest female inspiration is Aung San Suu Kyi. I admire her refusal to let fear dictate her actions in a harsh environment and I love her definition of courage as ‘grace under pressure’. In addition, she has a British dimension about her. All of which I can relate to in my professional and personal life.”
CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Marisa has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.
Marisa mentions that at CA, all the DNA traits should run in our veins. She describes that ‘ARR’ is the key to being successful:
Agility allows you to move seamlessly through your career, finding ways to adapt to the issues at hand and pivot when necessary to avoid hitting road blocks.
Resilience allows you to tirelessly pursue your goal, despite the odds, in a way it is unstoppable as you keep going, keep fighting, to move forward.
Results oriented is the mindset of getting things done and it starts by defining the results you want to achieve and finding the people who are capable and motivated to achieve them.
Was your new year’s resolution for 2018 to be healthier? Are you one of those people who haven’t given it much thought since? We totally get it – It’s hard to maintain work and wellness. At CA Technologies, it’s a little easier, thanks to the awesome workplace wellness programs we offer.
CA Technologies has relaunched its health and wellbeing strategy across its 2,500 employees in EMEA, expanding its offering to include mental health and resilience components, rather than focusing solely on physical health.
We caught up with Fionnuala Feighan, Senior Regional Compensation and Benefits Specialist, UK and Ireland on what does wellness and wellbeing mean to her and how does she support CA’s employees in her role.
“Wellness is about my physical health, and asking myself am I getting enough sleep and exercise, am I eating well? Wellbeing, I feel is more holistic, it includes my physical health but also my emotional and mental health as they are also interconnected. My challenge is to remember this and make sure I am balancing my needs in all three areas, however this can be challenging in a busy life!
CA Technologies provides opportunities for people to focus on their wellbeing while at work and enjoy it. This could be anything from a Pilates class in Barcelona to EMEA wide cycling challenge where we combine the importance of mental and physical resilience, in association with our sponsor, Trek Segafredo’s professional cycling team.”
Fionnuala also shared what CA employees can look forward to over the next few months.
“CA Technologies is continuing to focus on local wellbeing activities in all of the EMEA countries. An exciting follow up to our Trek Segafredo simulator bike challenge is planned, plus some more surprises along the way.”
Fionnuala explains how she and her team are working towards expanding the definition of wellbeing.
“Wellbeing means different things to different people. For some it may be going for a long walk, but for someone else it may be spending time with friends or giving their time to a charity. We are expanding our definition of wellbeing and linking it closely with our core DNA elements which include collaboration, social awareness and resilience.”
Fionnuala talks about one of her fondest moment in her role at CA and why it was so special.
“World Mental Health Day last year marked the start of the MIND Your Step Challenge EMEA, an innovative four-week app-based challenge that combined physical and mental wellbeing to help boost our mental resilience, enhance our overall health and encourage collaboration. Over the 4-week challenge, the EMEA region took 86 million steps – a distance equal to walking one and a half times around the world. The small team of working mums that won the challenge, walked over 3 million steps and they managed to do this while working full time in demanding roles. My fondest memory was announcing their achievement.”
We caught up with Ondrej Tulach who is based at our Prague Technology Center. He joined CA back in July 2011 as a tester to work on security and then was promoted twice. Now he works as a Software Engineer for Mainframe.
The favorite part of Ondrej’s job is to create a well-established test that developers call the “Ondrej’s insane test”. It helps to figure out the problem early in the development cycle and ensures that it gets fixed before delivering it to the customers. In software engineering terms, he loves to see an RC=0 in his TC JCLs.
CA Technologies recently took part a university careers fair and Ondrej was one of the demo presenters. We asked Ondrej how the event went?
“We did a demo for SYSVIEW and ISPFDIT. Sysview has been one of CA’s best products ever, a much more powerful alternative to IBM’s native SDSF. In Windows terms: Sysview is like if you took the Windows Task Manager combined with the Disk Management console, event viewer, performance monitor – and control panel of all your database machines.”
Ondrej loves to work on ACF2, a security product on CA’s mainframe.
”ACF2 is one of just three security/access control software on the Mainframe, the other two being IBM RACF and CA Top Secret. On Mainframe, there is an opposite philosophy than on other systems: if you haven’t explicitly granted privileges, you cannot do anything. This is called ‘No rule, No access’.
There are many inevitable results of the security. For one, it means much higher bar for both design and testing. If failure of your product means collapses of a whole company or government institution, the only acceptable design philosophy is ‘fail-safe’, delivering a robust product as humanely as possible. That is the pinnacle of software testing, and the direct opposite of the ‘safe-fail’ philosophy of reckless improvisation and non-robust design promoted by the whole ‘Agile’ movement. Security is also inherently interesting and a captivating subject, making you work hard to deliver because you know how much is at stake.”
What other products have you enjoyed working on recently at CA?
“I am currently working on Log Analyzer. Log Analyzer is a product for Database Administrators working on the IBM DB2 relational database. It allows auditing, database activity replication to data warehouses, recovery of accidentally dropped database objects and analysis of database activity.”
Ondrej suggests a career in Mainframe for those who are looking for something special or if you’re considering not following the crowd when it comes to a career in tech.
“Mainframe has immense hardware capabilities, far beyond what the x86, x64 or ARM architectures have to offer. One z14 box offers the same HW performance as a whole farm of traditional servers. And finally, there is a constant lack of expertise on Mainframe, so if you join now, you have a competitive edge for your career.”
We asked Ondrej why should someone consider CA Technologies if you’re a software engineer looking to work with Mainframe Technologies.
“I enjoy the work-life balance – you’re not required to do overtimes (even though many people do them voluntarily, wanting to finish the WIP they have opened before they go home) unless you’re having a support service for high-priority customer issues. Also, the flexible working hours are great advantage. Plus, work from home and sick days are available.”
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Software Engineer at CA Technologies?
When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you insight on these key facts from the perspective of a real CA employee. This Software Engineer profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.
Ivan Satsiuk, Software Engineer, is a lover of cycling. Ivan cycles to work and back home most days.
Ivan’s Career Story
Ivan originally started working as an Associate Software Engineer back in May 2016 before getting promoted to Software Engineer in July 2017. He was working on CA Easytrieve and then moved to Blockchain technology.
“I started as an Associate SE, working on a product called CA Easytrieve. It is a great product with massive revenue, but I wanted to get more development experience rather than maintenance, and the business helped support my move to another team. At the same time, I had discovered a Blockchain technology and figured out that it has great potential in the world and for CA Technologies. Long story short, I’m currently a Software Engineer working as a part of a Blockchain team here in Prague.”
The Life of a Software Engineer
We asked Ivan how he would describe his role as a Software Engineer and why he loves it.
“I am a Programmer who’s working with Blockchain. I have also been part of the Itertest/Symdump team, and that was a great experience for me as well. With this team I’m currently part of, I have dived into Agile principles and witnessed them being applied. The best part of each team that I have been working with is the great level of professionalism of every engineer, manager, scrum-master I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
A typical workday for Ivan starts by checking his emails and setting up priority tasks for the day and set a plan rest of the week. Ivan is keen to keep up to date with technological trends and information.
“Since our team was born only a few months ago – we are quite busy. We constantly discuss the potential of Blockchain use-cases, searching for new ones, and talking to our customers. I also spend a lot of time wrapping my head around the tech behind Blockchain frameworks, which is relatively complex and is being improved every single day. We also plan educational sessions for our colleagues.”
When we asked Ivan what is the favorite part of his job, he told us how he loves programming and getting the results without any errors.
“Every programmer knows this feeling when you are discovering a new way for your program to perform exactly the way you have designed, while passing all the functionality tests. So, this is my favorite part.”
Life At CA
Ivan is certainly a fan of the office and the area of the business park in Chodov. He loves the office location as it is close to the Metro station and shopping centre. One of his gym’s is located there, and he has everything he needs within a short distance of few hundred meters from work.
“A few months ago, we moved to a new building. It is hard to describe it in short, one just has to see it, it’s fantastic. One thing I can say – the office certainly has a personality. The location of the office is still the same, and we have access to all one could think of in a matter of minutes. Also, the shopping centre here in Chodov has finished its reconstruction and now has one of the best cinemas in the city just 5 minutes away from the office.”
As you can tell from Ivan’s introduction, he’s a lover of cycling. We’re extremely happy the benefits we offer to our Prague employees meet those sporty needs and it is a vital part of why Ivan loves his #LifeAtCA.
“I am using the Sport Card – a card that allows employees to visit one of the sport facilities of his/her choice. The best part about it is that card doesn’t just provide access to a few gyms in the city, it has a massive network of places around the country. It provides access to gyms, swimming pools to trampolines and even some marital art clubs.”
Ivan’s Career Advice
Ivan would recommend a Software Engineering position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to be a part of great culture and wants to stay ahead in technology.
“I’d recommend them to compare reviews of employees of each company and see where they can fulfill their potential the most.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Ivan for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Software Engineer! You can follow him on LinkedIn here.
Are you interested in a Software Engineering role at CA Technologies?
When searching for a job or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Customer Experience Managers is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.
Meet Kris MacKay. Kris brings a unique technical sensibility to his role as a Customer Experience Manager that’s critical to his ability to not only solve customers’ problems, but truly understand what they’re going through. “I have BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering, plus several years of experience in software engineering, including development and QA,” Kris explains. “This makes me sympathetic to the needs of our customers since I’ve been on the other side of the table, trying to get an application to work or to fit my particular situation.”
In addition to his technical know-how, Kris also knows how to deal with people. He has been part of the CA Customer Success Team for two years, with more than ten years of customer facing roles prior to that helping people, in his words, “use hardware and software through training and customer support.”
For Kris, customer success isn’t just about fighting fires. “I like to help people solve problems, but also really enjoy when I can help someone discover something new,” Kris says.
Kris also loves seeing that learning and application process in action. When asked about a recent success story, Kris shared how one customer used CA to better serve their own customers. “It’s exciting to see how they’ve put the pieces of our API Management and Service Management solutions together to increase their development throughput and work with THEIR customers to better serve them,” he described.
To facilitate successes like these, Kris focuses on making sure that the right people are in the right place at the right time. “If someone has a pressing issue, that means ensuring Support has what they need and gathering information to assist,” Kris elaborates. “At other times, it’s viewing pieces of a customer’s work to introduce them to a product feature that they haven’t had time to explore or is new and could really benefit them.”
Kris believes that great support comes from a simple commitment: “It’s key to keep communication lines open.” He puts this in practice by practicing active listening. According to Kris, “It’s important to not only hear what’s being said, but to ask questions to find out what else is going on. Information is often uncovered when the client and I discuss the situation together – not when I just respond to a request.”
That same spirit of openness carries into Kris’s life outside of work as well. In his free time, he helps teach kids in grades 3-8 how to program. Kris also enjoys bike riding and dining out at the wide variety of restaurants in the Dallas area.
Updating our goals for the new year is a time-honored tradition, and if career success is on your 2018 agenda, a resume refresh should be on your resolution list. The job market is changing fast, and whether you’re actively seeking a new role or aiming for a promotion, you’ll want to sharpen your professional presence and digital footprint to keep up with today’s demands. We’ve polled our own recruiters and dug into some new scholarly research to compile the top three tips for upgrading not just your resume, but your professional clout, networks and personal pitch.
Manage your personal brand
Job seekers should treat their public social media profiles like a company manages its brand1. Maximum visibility will result from best practices such as using strong keywords, professional images and engaging summaries.
Social media is disrupting the recruiting process, as candidates and recruiters connect and build long-term relationships online and skip the middle men, such as job boards1.Online networks provide ongoing relationships through the power of connection, messaging, big data and forum discussion. While LinkedIn is the largest professional networking platform1, platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are becoming more frequent sources for recruiters looking for top talent. Most CA Technologies recruiters have Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, where you can connect with them and see regular job openings and other CA career updates in their posts. You can find them easily with a quick search for #BringWhatYouBring on your favorite social network.
Don’t limit your connections on professional networks such as LinkedIn to people you have worked or gone to school with. It’s wise to search for others with similar skillsets and recruiting professionals at the companies on your target employer list. Pro tip: recruiting professionals have various titles that do not include the term “recruiter” – “talent acquisition,” “headhunter” and “sourcer” are all common versions of titles you should value in your professional network.
Connections are most valuable when you maintain and nurture them through discussion. Regularly sharing interesting thoughts on industry news and collaborating with others in your area of expertise will demonstrate a passion for your work and keep you top of mind for your connections. And don’t just share; add your thoughts and expertise to spark a conversation. If you enjoy writing, a LinkedIn article is an easy way to publish long-form thoughts on succeeding in your line of work. The point is to craft a strength-based narrative and authentically communicate your career identity. According to data expert Rachel Cohen and career counselor Rebecca L. Toporek, successful career narratives can be achieved through both positive and negative stories and experiences, which can shape strengths and assets2. Identify your career narrative by attaching your real-life successes and lessons to hot topics on your timeline.
Learn the key to keywords
Be sure to identify active, clear keywords to feature in your resume. Building a solid keyword list to describe your work value can be key to standing out and confidently communicating in interviews, cover letters and profile summaries. According to master resume writers, you can build a strong list of keywords by thinking through five distinct categories3:
Hard skills and factual data
Include words that demonstrate key skills that apply directly to your tactical work, such as “media buying,” “programming” or “web design,” but don’t forget the specifics like “HTML,” “Java” or “data analysis.” These keywords should be featured in your skill tags on your LinkedIn profile as well.
Soft skills and attributes
Think of how you work with others, and try to be more distinct than “team player.” Terms such as “networking,” “time management,” “critical thinking” and “conflict resolution” will stand out and clearly communicate those qualities that are difficult to display in a portfolio.
Give specifics on the types of projects, products or services you’ve worked with. “Agile project management,” “DBaaS sales” or “gamification development” are more specific and intriguing than the same terms without descriptive adjectives. Additionally, list attributes of the industries of your professional experience. “Retail,” “transportation” or “finance” can go a long way in establishing yourself as a strong match for a role that prefers that background.
Education and training credentials
Give your schooling or certifications a plug wherever possible. You may have been an IT support technician for 10 years, but if you don’t have “A+” somewhere in your online profiles and in your resume, you risk getting missed on automated searches and algorithms that match talented people to open jobs.
Are you passionate about a cause, volunteer in your community or have an interesting hobby? Sprinkle some of that personality into your online profile summary to stand out amongst your peers.
Don’t just list skills, show them
You’ve probably been asked to show ROI on something in your professional career, and the same principal applies to “showing your work” on your resume and in your online profiles. There are two key ways to do this.
First, on a resume, you should add a few stats that show the results of the efforts you’ve listed under each title. Whenever possible, those stats should include a business result. If you managed a team, what specific steps did you take to develop them and what percentage of your total headcount were promoted? If you were responsible for ordering supplies, what did you do to improve that process and what percentage of your budget was saved as a result? Data is everything; be concise and specific about your impact.
Second, when it comes to your public online profiles, include links to case studies, blogs, Slideshares, images, gits, or videos displaying your work. If you don’t currently have any relevant professional content like this, you may want to consider compiling a portfolio for this purpose.
You can find many more tips on resumes, job search and interviewing in our Candidate Toolkit.
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As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization.
Meet Nada Buckley. She’s the Director of People Business Partner, ANZ
What does a Director of People Business Partner, ANZ do?
Nada takes a leading role in managing the ANZ People Team, and provides People Business Partner support to the ANZ Sales Business, as well as providing advice and guidance across general people issues.
“I wear an APJ Talent Development hat, in conjunction with my other APJ and Global TD partners, to develop and deliver critical training right across the APJ business.”
Bring What You Bring
At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organization and when speaking to Nada about what she brings to CA, she told us that her main asset is her experience and passion, as she believes in delivering value to employees and making a positive impact on the business.
“I have had the good fortune to perform different management roles over the course of my career, including leading the CA APJ HR Team, and having the great opportunity to live and work in Hong Kong for 10 years. The exposure to the diversity of this great region, and to be able to apply that learning to our business issues every day, is both a privilege and a gift.”
One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders
Nada believes that a woman should be true to herself. She should be authentic and should have a sprit to never give up – even when it gets dark out there.
“Be deliberate about choosing WHO you are – both at work and outside of work – and never allow anyone to make you feel small – because that is a choice that every one of us has within our own control – so don’t give that power away to others.”
My female inspiration
Nada has many female role models, but mentions her biggest inspiration is her Mother.
“My mum – she is the purest, most authentic, as well as strongest person I have ever known. If I can be even half the inspirational person that she is, then I will have achieved something in this life.”
Women in Leadership qualities
CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Nada has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.
If your New Year’s resolutions include finding a better job, you’re not alone. But are you ready for the hunt? Here are a few tips to get your 2018 job search off to the right start.
Update your resume
You may have heard it a thousand times, but it bears repeating: always have your resume updated and ready to go. Even if you aren’t in the market, that perfect job opportunity will often present itself when you’re least expecting it, especially as many companies ramp up hiring in January. As you’re scrambling to add your most recent experience to your resume, the company is probably already talking to other candidates who may be better prepared. If you want a competitive edge, you should be able to provide an up-to-date resume at a moment’s notice.
Send the signal
In case you missed it, LinkedIn now offers a button you can click to discreetly let recruiters know you’re interested in hearing about new opportunities. To access it, navigate to your LinkedIn profile, then scroll down to view your dashboard. Under “Career Interests,” click on the button to turn the feature on.
You’ll be directed to a screen where you can enter more information about the types of job opportunities that interest you.
Lock down your social profiles
More and more employers are checking out social media profiles of potential candidates before making decisions on interviewing or hiring. You may want to think twice about posting things like:
Risqué photos, memes or stories – While may it have been an epic wet t-shirt contest, chances are the pics aren’t going to impress a potential boss.
Polarizing political or social opinions – You are certainly entitled to them, but be aware that a recruiter may not share your views and find them off-putting.
Ads for your side hustle – There’s nothing wrong with selling cosmetics, kitchen gadgets or home goods in your spare time. However, if your entire newsfeed is devoted to it, a potential employer might wonder if your attention will be fully focused on their job.
If you want to continue doing you on social media despite the potential pitfalls, at least be sure to go into your privacy settings and make sure only your friends can see your Facebook feed and your tweets are set to private.
Now you’re ready to launch your 2018 job search! You can find many more tips on job search, resumes and interviewing in our Candidate Toolkit.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Site Lead for Research and Development at CA Technologies?
When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you insight on these key facts from the perspective of a real CA employee. This Site Lead for Research and Development profile is part of our new careers blog series “A Day In The Life At CA”.
Mike comes with a very strong experience in managing teams and is very passionate about his work.
Mike’s Career Story
Mike has been working with CA Technologies since January 2017, and has made a real impact at the Prague Technology Center.
“This is my first role at CA. Previously, I was working with an International Bank for almost 15 years. They’re actually one of CA’s customers. I started my career as a database administrator and moved into a management role after 2 years. I was asked to then move to Singapore to set up a new team. I moved to Prague in 2010 and it was at this time that I shifted my career to lead engineering teams”
The Life of a Site Lead for Research and Development
We asked Mike how he would describe his role as a Site Lead for Research and Development and why he loves it.
“I am responsible for attracting, developing and retaining the best engineering talent in our Prague office and for the delivery of our Prague Mainframe engineering teams.”
A typical workday for Mike starts with checking his emails to ensure reminders are in place. Once his day is fully scheduled and his ‘to do list’ is in place, he priorities tasks, before fetching the first mandatory cup of cappuccino.
“I spend most of my day in meetings either in person or on the phone. I travel about once per month on average to meet with customers and/or colleagues. In the Czech Republic, it’s common for people to go out for lunch and this is a great opportunity for me to spend time speaking informally with different people about what they are doing and any challenges they are facing that I can help with.”
When we asked Mike, what is the favorite part of his job, he told us how he loves to see people’s career successes at CA.
“I really enjoy the variety of work and challenges and the satisfaction from being able to help other people succeed. We have around 400 engineers in Prague across 5 different business units, so there is a lot of variety and challenges for me every day.”
Life At CA
Mike is certainly a fan of the new office and the area of the business park. He likes the open space working areas in the office and the overall setup is a perfect environment for effective teamwork.
“What I like most about my work space is that it is in the open space, so it is much easier for me to collaborate with my colleagues. We also have a huge café/kitchen where everyone goes for coffee, lunch, etc. It’s a great place to meet people for informal conversations that helps me to keep a pulse on what’s happening in the office.”
We’re extremely happy with the benefits we offer to our Prague employees to meet their “Work Life Balance” needs and it is a vital part of why Mike loves his #LifeAtCA.
“I really like CA’s anniversary day off. It’s a great way to show appreciation to the employees and it’s a great opportunity to relaxand recharge yourself.”
Mike’s Career Advice
Mike would recommend a Site Lead for Research and Development position at CA Technologies to anyone who wants to work for a global company who invest in their employees.
“It doesn’t matter how well known a company is, but what technologies it is into. The most important things to consider when looking at a company are the people/culture, the learning opportunities, and the ability to make a difference. CA is great in these areas.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Thanks to Mike for sharing his Day in the #LifeAtCA of a Site Lead for Research and Development! You can follow him on LinkedIn here.
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