Tien Thai – “I wouldn’t have it any other way!

18 September 2020

“It just sounds so cool! Ten, Software Engineer. You need to make a good impression, and I want to make one that I’m cooler than I appear to be. I love being a software engineer because I work with solving problems and puzzles. The solution I bring to the table will actually help people, just the way tech is supposed to be – making people’s lives easier. That’s what I work toward! Also, I’m not a patient person, so it helps me to keep my cool. Besides, the feeling you get when you solve a puzzle is just amazing!”

“I first registered with a sort of agency for IT’ers based in Enschede, and they matched me with PESCHECK around July. I was actually planning on going abroad during that summer and had a few more interviews here and there, but I decided to check it out anyways. When I got to know the office and the people, I realized – I wouldn’t have it any other way! So I decided I’d like to stay and work with the team, and luckily they felt the same way!”

“I would describe the feeling of working at PESCHECK – especially in the Dashboard – like peeling an onion. The first time you look at a problem it might look big. And although it might make you cry once you start peeling it off, it gets smaller every time, and your confidence grows as you get closer to the core. In the beginning, I was new to the framework, so I would begin my day by starting codes and asking for help from colleagues. After slowly absorbing the way the code and the logic work, I could start working my way up from smaller to larger features. Now that I am more settled and confident in my knowledge of the company and the product, I just open GitLab, see what needs to be done, pick it up, work it out, and test it around with my colleagues. We’re all very communicative and ready to help each other out!”

“It’s hard for me to tell where I’ll be physically in the next few years, I don’t plan that far ahead. I’d be honored to be part of the IT team that helped PESCHECK grow. After we launch our Dashboard, I’d still love to work on the product and keep optimizing it. But I’d love to travel around at some point, learn a new language, and test the waters of the world a bit until I find a place that I really like. What I know for sure is that there will be a lot of adventure, and a whole lot of programming!”

Tien (Vietnam)

Study: BSc Software Engineering
Hobbies: Cinematography; Playing piano; Designing & programming;
Favourite vacation spot: Would love to go to Korea for the food, and the UK for the culture!
Favourite food: Banh mi, a typical Vietnamese sandwich!
Biggest life-changing experience: The day my neighbor talked me into applying for a Software Engineering major, instead of Hotel Management!
Biggest life lesson: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!


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