With over 8 years experience in Software Testing, Emmanuel faced some challenges when applying for tech roles after a career break.
In October 2022, Emmanuel joined a STEM Returners programme with Cubic as a Software Developer Engineer in Test. Here is Emmanuel’s return to work story:
Tell us a little bit about you.
My name is Emmanuel and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you. I was born and raised in the beautiful country of the Philippines. Growing up, I developed a keen interest in technology, which led me to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems at the University of Santo Tomas.
Aside from my academic pursuits, I have a range of hobbies that keep me occupied during my free time. I enjoy playing on a computer and console games, which not only provide me with entertainment but also enhance my problem-solving skills. I’m also a fan of sports and practice Judo, which teaches me discipline, focus, and the importance of teamwork.
Another one of my passions is food. I enjoy trying out different cuisines, especially exotic ones, as I believe that food is an essential part of culture and helps us to understand and appreciate diversity. Additionally, I like to keep up with the latest trends and news in the technology industry, as I’m always interested in discovering new ways to innovate and improve our daily lives.
In summary, I’m an individual who is passionate about technology, sports, and food. I believe that exploring and learning new things helps us to grow and evolve, both personally and professionally.
What is your working background? If you like tell us about your career break
Before I left the Philippines, I had the privilege of working as a Senior Technical Consultant in Finastra Philippines.
As a Senior Technical Consultant, I was responsible for testing and improving testing codes, which was a challenging but rewarding experience. I enjoyed the technical aspect of the job, and it allowed me to develop my problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
I joined also in Accenture Philippines as a former test automation team lead. In this role, my responsibilities shifted towards a more managerial role. I led a team of testers and innovated new ways to coach and train resources in test automation. It was a fulfilling experience, and I found it to be a natural fit for my skill set.
Through my experience in both technical testing and managerial roles, I have developed a passion for improving processes and achieving excellence in my work. I’m always looking for ways to innovate and improve, and I believe that this drive has been an important factor in my success.
What barriers have you faced when applying for roles?
When I applied to work in the UK, I was apprehensive about starting from scratch and feared that my skills wouldn’t be utilized. I was concerned that it might be difficult to find a job where I could apply my expertise. However, I was determined to be proactive and looked for a job immediately after resigning from my previous job, even though I wasn’t yet eligible to work.
Why did you approach STEM Returners?
I faced initial challenges in my job search, I maintained my optimistic and persevered. I believed that my skills and experience would be an asset in a new work environment, and I was determined to find the right opportunity.
Fortunately, I came across a job opening (STEM Returners) that seemed to be a perfect fit for my qualifications and interests as an Software Developer Engineer in Test.
I was thrilled about the possibility of taking on this new challenge and expanding my knowledge and skills in this field. I quickly jumped at the opportunity and applied for the job.
How did STEM Returners help?
STEM Returners was instrumental in guiding me throughout the job application process. They provided valuable support in answering all of my questions and helping me understand the requirements and qualifications needed for the role.
In addition, they assisted me in preparing for my interview, providing guidance on what to expect and how to present myself. Their expert advice and coaching helped me to feel more confident during the interview, enabling me to speak more effectively and showcase my skills and experience.
What was the end result?
Through compassion and guidance from STEM Returners, I was fortunate to be offered the position.
It was a rewarding experience that not only allowed me to apply my skills and experience but also enabled me to grow and develop as a professional.
How has this changed your career?
Looking back, I’m grateful for the challenges and opportunities that came my way. It taught me the importance of staying optimistic and persistent in the face of adversity, and how taking risks can lead to personal and professional growth. I also wanted to thank STEM Returners for boosting my confidence to continue my career and overcome my fears.
What would you say about the programme overall?
STEM Returners play a significant role in helping the individual secure a job that was a good fit for their skills and experience. Additionally, the support and coaching provided by STEM Returners helped to improve their confidence and skills in terms of speaking during an interview.
Therefore, it is likely that this experience has positively impacted the individual’s career by helping them to secure a job that is a good match for their skills and experience. It has also likely improved their overall confidence and skillset, which can be valuable for their career growth and development.
Do you have any advice for returners like yourself?
Never give up, always stay positive and every failure is an opportunity to make them strength. Just be yourself and don’t be afraid to take risk.
If you are struggling to return to work after a career break of any length, you can register your interest in joining a STEM Returners programme, here.