Coffee with Imogen Fitzgerald – Employee Interview Series
A lot of interesting people work at Oneview, and we love to get to know them. We recently had a chat with Imogen Fitzgerald, senior quality assurance engineer. Here’s how it went.
What is your role at Oneview?
I’m a senior quality assurance engineer (senior QA) within the Centre of Excellence. We are a team of three from QA who are available to consult on all things Quality within the Technical stream. It’s a very dynamic role and allows me to have insight into areas other QAs might not.
What drew you to work at Oneview?
When I first interviewed it was for a role on the support desk. The key differentiator between Oneview and others was the personal interactions I had with the interviewers.
I applied to several companies all with altruistic missions, but Oneview stood out for me. The people seemed to me to believe in themselves and Oneview. I’m glad I came here, met some fantastic people and made life-long friends in my three years here.
Give me 3 words to describe Oneview.
Dynamic, challenging and encourages personal improvement. That’s as close to three words as I can get!
What have you gained from working at Oneview?
I’ve gained a lot of friends and an extended work family. Equally, Oneview has helped shape my understanding of my impact on the world around me, what I can and can’t do, how to leverage my skills and those of others so we can all move forward.
What is on your wish list for the next 5 years?
I’d like to see the building work on my house finish – a house my job at Oneview allowed me to buy. And I want to continue to learn more and progress in my career, staying in QA as much as possible.
Those two aside, my primary goal is to spend as much time with my daughter as I can. Especially before she turns into a teenager. After that, I might have different opinions!
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Oneview whose job would you want?
No one. I don’t want to be anyone else but me. That being said, if I was offered a role as high empress of something, I’m not going to turn it down. Maybe High Empress of Imogen and Imogen related activities. I think I’d be great at that.
What advice do you have for prospective Oneview employees?
Same advice I give everyone about everything I’m ever asked to offer an opinion on – be honest.
What is your proudest moment at Oneview?
Back when I managed the support desk, I helped the support desk engineers working with me progress towards their desired goals. I’m very proud that I got to be a part of their growth.
Before working at Oneview what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
When in secondary school I worked for a promotional company and the two main gigs they sent me out on were pretty fun.
1 – Pretend to be a yoga teacher and sign random people up to join whatever gym I was working for that day.
2 – Work as a pretend spy school instructor for corporate events. People get strangely competitive, even when it’s just a slightly bored teenage girl judging their attempts to follow her around a park.
That last one sounds a bit odd on reflection.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise your colleagues reading this.
I don’t think anything I could say would surprise them, especially not if they’ve heard my laugh, think bubbling cauldron on a foggy moore.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Actually, this might surprise a few people – knit. But generally as a single mum, I don’t get much free time; if I did I’d probably sleep!
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Don’t have one, life is far too complicated to issue yourself rules that can be expressed in a single sentence.