We’ve always been interested in meeting people with different work experiences and technical skills and this year we’ve opened the doors even wider holding our first ever graduate day – a pretty cool way for the graduates and us to get to know each other better.
We decided to run things a bit like a speed dating event where we set up 10 minute interviews – focusing on either technical knowledge, role reversal (grads were encouraged to ask us the questions) and a general, “can you hold a decent conversation”, theme. And of course, no graduate day would be complete without the obligatory exercise of making something out of marshmallows and straws – perhaps a bit corny but extremely entertaining!
The most telling result of the “make your car cross over a bridge under its own steam” task was the group whose car, when positioned at the beginning of a beautifully constructed bridge, started well but stalled before reaching the end. I could hear our QA team’s collective (and completely unjustified, I might add) tut-tut – do you developers test anything? Funny.
Thanks to the guys and gals who came along, it was fun.
We’ll definitely be doing something again next year – perhaps substituting the marshmallows with eggs next time. Now that would be interesting!