If I chose two words to describe my time at MCA Connect, it would be people and experiences. I say that because it is the people here that create extraordinary experiences. There are days where I can breeze through everything and others where I feel like I have no idea what I am doing. I am fortunate to face these everyday challenges because I get to learn from them and overcome them. They keep me on my toes, give me a chance to grow, and help me to acquire new skills. No day is the same, but that is how I like it. After all, it is a dynamic world (pun intended).
The past couple of years at MCA have been challenging. When I came onboard, there was a big learning curve, high expectations and high-risk projects that I was involved in. I struggled with impostor syndrome, but the people around me encouraged, supported, mentored, and opened up to me about their experiences. It has been a great journey so far consisting of challenges, achievements and, above all, a positive “make it happen” attitude.
My technical abilities were tested. Coming from AX 2012 and jumping into a Dynamics 365 was tough. It was this whole new idea of development and enhancing software that none of the developers were used to. It was a problem, but a good problem to have. I look back and realize that I was fortunate to get the chance to work with Dynamics 365 because that is where the industry is heading. Towards a cloud hosted, agile and dynamic ERP system. If I wouldn’t have had this opportunity, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
At my previous job, I had about a year-and-a-half to two years of experience where my role was segregated to development. Here at MCA Connect, I am exposed to a lot more. I am involved in the project lifecycle and get a big picture view of how a customer implements ERP. All this knowledge has been eye-opening and has exposed me to the whole process. I am adjusting to my new role and the new software. I realize that as I grow in my career, I will not be confined to development, but I’ll constantly be taking on a new things. It could range from enterprise architecture to system admin duties to project management. Being at MCA means having this option to grow in several different directions.
Living in Austin
I have been living in Austin for about one year and, along with everything else, this was a good change. I like the city because it offers something for everyone. You could be a vegan, health hippie, or a Texas cowboy–all are welcome in Austin. The technology sector is booming here which means there are a lot of likeminded people with similar professions, so it’s easier to build a clique. The city is quirky, eclectic, young, outdoorsy and vibrant. I like living here more and more every day.
People as A Resource
I like that I work well with the other employees. We are a team that gets the job done. Sometimes, we are all on the same page, and sometimes we have to communicate more. But even then, we are not shy about expressing our different viewpoints. We make sure that we discuss every option before making a decision that works for the team as well as our client. Despite our professional disagreements and conflict resolutions, we all are a team and we do what a team ought to do. We make it happen at work and grab drinks and have fun afterhours.
The biggest resource at MCA Connect is the people. Most people might search Google for answers but, believe when I say that someone here could probably answer the question you just asked Google. What’s more, they are willing to help you in every way they can. The internet does not offer that service, this is an MCA resource. Experts helping each other out.
The amount of knowledge I have gained by watching people do things their way or by discussing ideas with them is incredible. Collaborative projects have always helped me learn more because they involve multiple people, and everyone brings something different to the table. Not all of us share the same geographic location but, when we do get together, it’s a grand time. A lot of people here have become my mentors, peers, coworkers and, at the end of the day, my friends. We offer each other both constructive criticism and encouragement.
I am grateful that MCA Connect took a chance on me by sponsoring my Visa. The lawyers and assistants have been very helpful throughout this long and difficult process. Everyone had the knowledge that was needed, and they took the right steps to get the job done. Immigration can be so stressful, but MCA had a great process in place that made me feel comfortable. We can’t control being lucky, but everything that we could control, we were precise and on point with. I couldn’t have asked for better support.
Most Impressionable Experience
One project in Seattle was by far my favorite. The client site was in the heart of the city which gave us options to explore afterhours. We went everywhere from brunches to pike place to sea plane rides. Seattle was a lot of fun and will always be close to my heart. I have a lot of good memories from that project, but the one that sticks out is a crazy night the team had. It was a Thursday and we all ended up working till 3am in the morning and then going to the airport to catch our early morning flights. We worked from the office, from the restaurant and from the hotel lobby. Talk about Sleepless in Seattle. It wasn’t “fun,” but definitely memorable. It was a crazy night, but it shows the kind of commitment my team had to both their personal and professional lives. Even after a tiring day, we were willing to put in the extra effort to push through things so that we could go home, keep work aside, spend some time with our families and then do this all over again. I am now the main person supporting this project and it is a great reminder of just how far I’ve come in my career.