Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Career Stories: Meet Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Meet Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

We caught up with Graduate Software Developer, Cynthia Anyaeriuba who gave us an overview of her journey into the tech industry. Cynthia started her career as an Orthoptist, however, it was her passion for the tech world that would guide her to Thoughtworks.

Tell us a little about yourself and your career journey so far

My name is Cynthia and I’m a recent career changer. I joined the world of tech about a year and a half ago.

I’m a Graduate Developer at Thoughtworks and I took a non-traditional route into the tech industry. I actually started off my higher education as an Orthoptist, which many people aren’t familiar with. In short, it’s essentially an eye specialist.

Through lots of twists and turns, I ended up going into the world of business as an Account Manager. I knew it wasn’t quite the right role for me, and being quite a curious person, I actually started to shadow Business Analysts and other tech professionals within my company which allowed me to gauge what it meant to work in tech and the type of work they did. From then on, I knew I wanted to be in tech in a hands-on role.

After a bit of investigation, I went through a course at Makers Academy and a Bootcamp that gave me all the skills I needed to apply for the Graduate role at Thoughtworks.

It was such a worthwhile experience and something that I am so glad I did because it was a pivotal point in my life – it allowed me to step into this career and gave me the validation that I could actually do this.

You mention that you started to shadow tech professionals whilst at your previous company, what was it about the tech industry that made you want to make the career change? 

I think it would be that you’re constantly learning. Because I reached a point in my previous career where I felt a little bit stagnant and I just didn’t feel like I was using my brain very much in my day-to-day job.

My orthoptic career was inspired by my need to help people. From a young age, my parents were both in health care. So I thought the only way I could do that was through healthcare. Now, working in tech, I realize that technology is another route to help so many people. So it was kind of a combination of both those things, constant learning and also the fact that I can actually use tech for good and make a change to people’s lives.

Can you tell us a little about how you found your way to Thoughtworks?

When I started at Makers Academy, I discovered Thoughtworks. And it was through a webinar that Hackajob posted. I  really liked the fact that the person that was hosting the webinar was a woman. I really appreciated that because I don’t often see a lot of female representation within the industry. Especially at a high senior level. And when she was explaining what working at Thoughtworks was like, there was a huge focus on team, inclusivity and social impact work.

The social impact work really resonated with me, even to the point where in my interviews at Thoughtworks, a huge portion of my interview was around social justice. And that was almost a casual conversation between myself and two other developers. At first, I thought this seems like such a random thing to do in an interview, but I think it was to gauge the kind of personality that you have because you do need to be aligned with the Thoughtworks ethos.

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