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Lucas Azevedo

From the Valley to the Top: the Journey of an Intern

I have always enjoyed learning about new things, not only software coding but also workflow processes and best practices. Therefore, I sought to be active in the projects I participated in. OSF noticed, and I earned two promotions in less than a year.

 

LUCAS AZEVEDO, 
Front-End Developer

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We all want that promotion. We all dream of having that office with a view. And we can’t wait until the day when we’re at the top of the ladder. However, some things we wish to have in our 20s, we simply can’t have until we are in our 30s. Time and experience are part of our personal and professional development progress, and we can’t speed up mother nature. I started my tech career, slowly, but surely, without putting pressure on my youth, and by following some simple rules of life, I got what I wanted in my own time.

I started my career when I was 17 years old, after completing my computer technical studies at a professional school. At the beginning of my studies, my teachers told the class that, when we finished our studies, we would have an internship and the best students would go to the best companies. They consistently cited OSF as one of the best. So, I worked hard to get one of the two OSF positions available. If you think that was easy, you are wrong.

Before starting the internship, an OSF staff member taught a training program called Microsoft Students to Business (S2B). During that course, we would develop our skills in C#, SQLServer, Aspx, CSS, and JavaScript. To be considered for the course, more than 200—I am not sure exactly how many—high school and college students underwent a written assessment of programming fundamentals. Only 40 students with the highest scores were selected. At the end of the course, the best students were awarded a voucher for Microsoft certification of software development fundamentals with C#. I won the voucher and passed the certification. Soon, company leaders realized I had the potential to contribute to the company, and here I am after eight years, working as a Senior Front-End Developer.

Since the time I started my OSF internship, I have tried to perform to the best of my ability, always helping my colleagues, my managers, and our clients to ensure the satisfaction of everyone around me. My efforts have been noticed several times and are the reason I hold the job I have today.

During my internship, I was trained as a computer technician and, shortly after that, took the Federal University of Ceará’s Information Systems course, which I completed at the end of 2017. In the same time frame, I passed another certification exam at Microsoft: “Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3.”

I have always enjoyed learning about new things, not only software coding but also workflow processes and best practices. Therefore, I sought to be active in the projects I participated in. OSF noticed, and I earned two promotions in less than a year.

Of course, my career could not have grown so fast if I didn’t have my managers' support. When working in a project at OSF, I feel completely free. The managers do not micro-manage, and they trust you to do your job. You just have to be responsible and accountable. You have the full support of your team, but the way you organize your work day is self-determined. We measure success through results and have objective, data-driven conversations when we need to make improvements. We pride ourselves on delivering the best results and optimal solutions for our clients—I like to identify customer needs and suggest improvements for them and my managers.

One day, I was in a client's office and heard him say he needed someone who knew a specific technology. I told him I would find a guy for him at OSF who could work with the technology he needed. I knew OSF could support any issue he had, so I talked to the company's director. We eventually found someone skilled at OSF and added him as a collaborator to our client’s project. In recognition of this specific action and my resourcefulness in the project, I was promoted again.

OSF has given me several opportunities to show my potential during my career. I got to train employees inside the company and university students outside the company. I helped recruit new trainees, and I taught and evaluated them for their technological skills.

Eventually, I became head of the OSF office in Quixadá. This was a big challenge because, at first, I had to split my time between my programmer and office manager duties. Eventually, I nominated someone to assume my management duties, and I was able to dedicate myself exclusively to my new role. Today I am a Senior Front-End Developer in the Adobe division, where I have the freedom to suggest and decide which technologies to use and which approaches to take.

I love that I work with colleagues across multiple countries, cultures, and languages. When working in OSF, you may find yourself collaborating across borders from the Americas to Europe to Asia and the Pacific. I am Brazilian, and I don’t notice the cultural differences. On the contrary, we blend and create a unique identity through our global team.

My OSF career has been a circuitous road with peaks and valleys located along the way. And I love the journey. Here are the rules I live by:

  • Give 100% of yourself in any situation that comes to you.
  • Be yourself and communicate authentically.
  • Help others even if it’s not your responsibility to do so.
  • Follow your passion.

What are your rules?

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