Please tell us about your current project?
I am working on the project Onix AS - a Norwegian enterprise providing solutions to manage equipment, facilities. The project has been a thing for over 20 years and was expanded to Vietnam 10 years ago. The objective of this project is to create apps that provide standardization for the working process and control safety for equipment and machines before going to the field. The aim is to ensure the safety of workers who operate them later.
Which elements of the project interest you?
Onix's business is new to me. It is the reason why I am so excited to work and learn from it. A system that has been developed continuously for over 20 years always contains a lot of hidden rules and conditions. At first, I thought I could widely understand the project, then it turns out that the more I work on it, the more I realize new knowledge to digest. Additionally, the flexible and open-minded environment of Restaff really motivates me. New ideas are encouraged and supported, and the whole team is willing to switch to any new directions that work. Therefore, I can observe and learn so much from the experienced seniors and leaders. My teammates are also supportive of each other, so we get along really well.
What are the difficulties that you face in this project?
A popular hardship comes from the nature of QC, which is to “find bugs" of Developers, serious debate and discussion are unavoidable. As a result, a QC Engineer must develop communication skills to flexibly handle this sort of issue.
How do you deal with the problems?
Be calm and be flexible! The key is to find out the best way to communicate with each individual. I would frequently chit chat with the Development team to understand the personality of each person, their strengths, weaknesses as well as their coding style, and their common types of ‘bugs’.
What are the pressures you find when working in an environment where men outnumber women?
There is no pressure at all, I even prefer working with males actually. Since there are only a few girls in the IT office, the men are really gentle and condescend to us, sometimes I even “tease” them for fun. The males are straightforward, generous, and helpful to the ladies, so we are free to talk to them with absolutely no scruples.
What is your advice to girls who follow the tech career path like you?
When I was a student, I used to think that “Anything a man can do, a woman can do it”, so I rarely asked for help from males. Then as I started working, I changed my mind: there are many gentlemen around, why do I reject their help?
Moreover, I am now paying greater attention to my appearance, and look more girly, so things are getting better on both work and personal sides. Big note to tech-ladies: don’t forget you are still a lady, take good care of yourself, especially the outlook, be nice and pretty, and don't hesitate to let the men work on the “masculinity".
I GET MUCH ADORATION AND SUPPORT
FROM THE GENTLEMEN IN THE TECH ENVIRONMENT.
Talking about the tech field, we may instantly think of an environment where males considerably outnumber females. But, it is undeniable that tech women are all beautiful, smart, and talented. They can be seen as the new role model of “the perfect lady” that the world is aiming to. Hoa, a QC Engineer of the Onix Team at Restaff, the girl of this interview, is among them.