Afternoon “T” with Hao

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The TTT team continues to grow and we want to make sure that everyone knows more about the individuals who help shape TTT. In this Afternoon “T” issue, we chat with Full Stack Developer Hao and learn more about his story through TTT and his approach to life in general.

Quick intro: 

Position: Full Stack Developer

Favourite Game: I’m not a gamer 🙁

Fun Fact: One of my dreams was to become a carpenter

Last Movie Watched: McFarland

Favourite Food: Hot Pot

Tell us about yourself. What’s your story/background?

“Growing up, I have always been interested in electronics and how the technology works. I ended up graduating with a major in microelectronics in college and from there my career in the industry started. Post-graduation, like my other classmates, I was supposed to be working for chip designing companies like Intel and Samsung. However, one of my biggest hobbies and past-times was using the internet and seeing what I can create from it. I started dabbling in website programming and coding languages from the first year of college and instead started my career as a web developer. I’d like to consider myself as a self-proclaimed web artisan and this passion has now led me to where I am today- working as a full-stack developer at TTT.”

How did you end up at TTT? What were your first Impressions? 

“After working in China for a few years, I ended up making the move to Canada in 2019. I wanted to start a new chapter in my life, in a place with a perfect mix of opportunities, city life, and being surrounded by nature. Coming from China, there are a lot of differences and so I wanted to get acquainted with the culture, work-life, and people here. After scrolling through a variety of job postings, I read the opportunity that TTT had and I immediately connected with the job description.

After getting hired, I was shocked at how big the office was and the number of nooks that were available to just unwind and relax. I also noticed that the working culture of TTT is very different from that of East Asia. Everyone seemed very friendly and equally contributed to different projects. I then knew right away that I had made the right decision.”

What is something interesting about yourself?

“Not sure if this is interesting, but I love anything sports related. I enjoy running, climbing, surfing, snowboarding, and many other sports. If I had to choose only one sport as my favourite, I would go with surfing.”

What’s your most memorable moment working at TTT? 

“When I punched David during our boxing class! Activities like those are what I miss the most about the office, and I am looking forward to doing stuff like that again.”

What is your secret super power? (something you’re very good at, that not everyone knows)

“I think that I am great at always seeing the positive side of everything. I like to consider myself an optimist and I know how grateful I am to be in this situation. Definitely a glass half full kind of person.” 

What do you enjoy working on the most? 

“I love the challenge of working on unfamiliar concepts, and learning new things along the way. The research that I have to do to fully comprehend these new topics is what helps me to become a well-rounded individual.”

What do you like to do in your free time? 

“I always enjoy doing activities that help me stay young! Sports, training and other physical activities are my go-to choices as I try to keep in shape as much as possible. Apart from these, I also enjoy reading and other activities to keep my brain active as well. I believe that mental and physical training go hand in hand and so I want to ensure that there’s a balance.”

Who do you look up to? (Who is your hero?) Why?

“I don’t have one specific role model in my life, but I am always interested in learning from others and seeing what their experience has to offer me. Everyone has their own story and learning from others is how you develop a broader perspective in life.”

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