This month for our latest meet the team blog we are interviewing one of the newest members of the team, Automation Test Engineer, cricket fan and passionate cook, Shanti Durai.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Immense?
I graduated in Computer Engineering and worked in Software Development for well over 10 years before moving into testing. I joined Immense in August 2019 as an Automation Test Engineer. The development experience has been very helpful in enhancing my Automation Testing Skills.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Day to day my role is to understand the user requirements, prepare and execute a test plan, find ways to improve the quality of the software product as well as exploring different ways in which testing process can be automated thus improving software proficiency without involving repeated and manual intervention.
How did you come to work at Immense?
I was looking for Automation Testing opportunities and that is when I saw a vacancy on one of the jobsites for Immense. I was really excited and applied straight away, it was exactly what I had been looking for and a new challenge!
What is the best part about working at Immense?
Everyone at Immense is extremely passionate about their job. Each member of the team has a vast amount of experience in their respective fields and there is so much to learn from them. Everyone works as a team to achieve their goals. Team members are so friendly and professional and the senior colleagues are always there, giving lots of motivation which encourages me to give my best.
What would you say is the most challenging part of the job?
Starting a job after a career break itself was challenging. There are so many projects going on, along with new technologies being used, so being up to speed and catching up felt like a bit of a daunting task but everyone has been so helpful and ensuring that I am settling well in my role.
What did you want to career wise when you were younger?
I wanted to be doctor when I was young but then as I got older I was more passionate and took more of an interest in mathematics rather than science and then ended up training in Civil Engineering instead.
What’s been your biggest career achievement so far?
I was part of the change management team at one of my previous employers and we had a tough period of managing changes within the company in a relatively short space of time. The contribution I made to making sure the changes were implemented quickly and smoothly I would say have been the best so far in my career.
Also, I have had to take big career breaks twice, and every time I planned to start again, I managed to find a great job and that is something I’m really proud of.
What do you think the future of mobility looks like?
I think the future of mobility looks very exciting but also very challenging too. There is a lot of technological advancement in this field, which is all about helping to make people’s lives easier. I would imagine that future mobility will be more efficient, stress free, time saving and environment friendly.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the industry?
Like every new innovation, it will take time to establish completely. People might find it difficult to accept at first, with such drastic changes being introduced, but over a period of time they will start realising the benefits. I feel the greatest challenge would be to convince people and gain their confidence when introducing new mobility services such as autonomous vehicles and ride-share. It will require persistent efforts but it will also be worth it in the end.
When you're not working what are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy cooking the most and love to experiment with new dishes. I have tried making a variety of traditional Indian curries, baking muffins, cakes, brownies, lots of different things. In my spare time I like to watch tv shows about cooking. Also I love to watch cricket!
If you were stuck on desert island, water and food is provided and could take three things with you what would they be?
Definitely a phone, then maybe an umbrella and finally lots of water.