Nicolás started 5 years ago as a QA at
Velocity Partners, a company that joined forces with Endava in 2018. In pursuit
of integrating his creative side in his work, he majored in user experience
design, and he is now leading the UX/UI community in Buenos Aires. Continue reading
his story and find out how being driven and investing in what you love can lead
to your dream job.
How did you start in Endava?
My journey started
five years ago at Velocity Partners before the company joined forces with Endava.
I've begun as a QA on
finance projects, but over time I got involved in projects more related to
UX/UI. This allowed me to use my creative side more and to become the
"bridge" between designers and programmers in my team, making sure that
the designers’ requirements and changes are understood.
Tell us about
your studies and how does that relate to what you are doing today.
I've majored in Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires and, among the many sub-areas of this
career, my favourite ones were criminology and the people's interaction with
technology. So all the optional assignments were related to Social Media, Artificial
Intelligence and Informatics. That's how I started to focus on the interaction
we humans have with computers.
Drawing has always
been part of my life, which is why, while I was studying psychology, I also
collaborated ad-honorem for an art-therapy workshop at the Borda mental
hospital in Buenos Aires, using art as a medium for psychosis stabilization.
After I've finished my studies, I worked at a rehab clinic for addicts,
struggling with severe cases: people who were a danger to themselves or others.
There I organized several art and drawing workshops, helping patients to put in
sketches what was going on inside them.
Over time, I realized
that I like art and technology much more than anticipated, and I decided to reshape
my career. I started taking web design and programming courses, and I studied
system analysis. In college, one colleague referred me to work in a software
development company, and that's how my career in this field started.
My first job was as a
C# trainee programmer, and I ended up moving to QA. I've always been very
meticulous and attentive to detail, so finding mistakes on a system was very
interesting for me. But I felt that, as I was growing as a QA, my creative side
was not sufficiently challenged.
To compensate that, I
decided to start classes at the Escuela Argentina de Historietas (Argentinian
School of Comics). I studied narrative, background design, characters design
for videogames, digital colour, and I discovered that if I learned more about
UX/UI, I was going to be able to join everything I love: technology, design and
human behaviour. So, I also majored in UX/UI design.
Today I work in
Endava as a Product Designer by day, and by night I draw comic book pages
and videogame characters. This way, I don't have to leave anything that I like
out, and I apply my passion for technology, design and human behaviour every day
Tell us more about yourself outside of work.
I'm an avid reader. I
could end up sleeping only four hours a day because I spend half of the night
reading. Books, tutorials, papers, you name it. If it's about psychology,
comics, design or technology, it's so much better.
I'm a proud dad. I
have an amazing three-year-old kid with whom I have a great connection. We
spend a significant amount of time together, and I like to spark his creativity
through the games we play. He is a super smart kid.
At the same time, I'm
a UX/UI mentor in Acámica (IT institute from Buenos Aires), where I'm in
constant research for new trends in technology and design, to be aware of the
trends. And I still enjoy creating and drawing characters.