Afternoon “T” with Xiaowei

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To conclude the end of a rather crazy 2020 we have another installment of our Afternoon “T” series, where I chat with my fellow TTT’ers. This time we sit down with TTT Quality Assurance engineer Xiaowei Yang and learn more about her journey thus far at TTT, the kind of instruments she plays and what she loves most about being a TTT’er.

Quick intro: 

Position: Quality Assurance Engineer

Favourite Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Fun Fact: Played the accordion growing up

Last Movie Watched: Interstellar (On a Christopher Nolan binge!)

Favourite Food: Hotpot (Spicy soup especially!)

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

“I grew up in China and spent most of my life there, and then made the move to Canada after high school to study computer science at the University of Victoria. It was quite nerve-racking going to a different country not knowing anyone and on top of that having to learn a new language as well. I really enjoyed my studies and got the opportunity to do four semesters of coop work placements, two of those being in Vancouver. After those experiences I made it my goal to move to Vancouver after graduation with the hopes of being able to find a job there.

I’ve always had the support of my family and having the chance of being able to come to a different country and study here will always be something that I am grateful for. 

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

“Well once I moved to Vancouver the next step was to find a job and like almost every recent graduate I used all the resources I could think of. After many searched I saw that TTT was hiring. I immediately applied and again like most graduates, hoped for the best.

After passing the phone interview I went to the office for an in-person one and I remember clearly being greeted by Roxy. Being greeted by a dog as the first impression for a potential employer is always a great sign.

For me, I really appreciated the fact that the working environment was accommodating to the employees needs and in the end it was about coming together as a team to make something awesome.”

What is something interesting about yourself?

“Growing up I learned how to play the accordion, which was an unusual instrument for someone to learn during their childhood. My parents actually chose it and I practiced it for about four years. One good thing about it though was that I got stronger from carrying it for all those years.”

What’s your most memorable moment working at TTT? 

“All the fun activities that we have throughout the year! Things like boxing, yoga, Ultra Night Run, etc. One event in particular that comes to mind is the annual summer Scavenger Hunt that we do. Having the entire company break into teams and compete is something that I will always cherish. As a whole, TTT really encompasses the team culture and all these events are always tons of fun.”

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

“Creating different combinations of teas & herbs and showing it off at the office.” 

What do you enjoy working on the most? 

“For my job I love being a part of many different projects at once. As a QA engineer you get the chance to oversee the various projects and then communicate with the rest of the team about what needs fixed. The best feeling is seeing the final product and how it represents the hard work of a handful of people working together.”

What do you like to do in your free time? 

“Most of my free time is given to my puppy, but throughout the summer I actually got into growing my own plants and vegetables.” 

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

“I look up to my family in general, but more specifically my grandparents. My grandparents are from a province near the north western part of China and they actually ended up moving away to help build and develop a neighboring province. They were truly selfless and even though they knew nothing about the area, they felt responsible for it. I remember visiting that province and having them point out the various parts that they had helped build was heartwarming.” 

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