Employee Spotlight: AJ (Graduate Electronics Engineer)

AJ
What is your favourite part of working at AVID?

I’d have to say that my favourite part of working here is that even as a graduate, I got to work with experienced senior engineers from Day 1. Some companies make you do offline courses or work on menial tasks for six months, so you’re not really contributing anything to the company for the first six months until you join the senior team. But in AVID, literally from the first week I was working with senior engineers in very online projects, very big projects, which is great as a graduate because you really feel trusted and responsible.

How has your career grown at AVID?

Well, for one, I get to work in many projects, for example, I love working with the EVO motors, I love that hands-on electrical part, but sometimes you want a change of pace, and AVID gives you the chance to work in multiple projects to avoid getting stuck in a 9-5 routine, through this I have managed to grow and develop faster than I would in any other work environment, as I have gained experience in many projects. With all these skills coming together, your CV just keeps expanding, and I personally feel that this has helped me to develop many skills that other graduate engineers might not develop until two or three years into their careers.

What is your favourite product to work on at AVID?

It would have to be the EVO, I love the machines, if you understand them properly they are incredibly rewarding to work on. That’s the main thing, you’re more hands-on here, you get to apply what you studied, but rather than seeing the EVO as a diagram, you get to touch it, tweak it, adjust it and understand it. Once you learn all about how it works and the little intricacies, you begin to really enjoy testing and applying what you learned at university.

AJ testing Power Electronics

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I actually always wanted to be a Stand-up comedian, I believe comedy makes people less stressed and happier in life. Through comedy you can improve your social skills, make friends and break the ice in social situations. I used to always hang out in school with my friends, laughing, telling jokes and laughing at each other and ourselves, and I believe both as an engineer and as a human being, you can’t go through life taking yourself too seriously, sometimes you need to be able to take a step back and laugh at yourself.

Do you have any passions outside of work?

I love martial arts, I have practised them since I was around eleven, and just sports in general, I try to do sporting activities at least three times a week alongside martial arts such as capoeira. Aside from that, I like to organise events, I do Salsa classes, and I’m also learning to play the piano and to speak Spanish.

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

Recently I have got really into philosophy, I try to not just enjoy life but to understand life, so where comedy is about enjoying life and not taking it seriously, I like to balance that with trying to understand and see what is going on.

AJ Testing EVO