Ellicium’s Freshers Training Program… A Story That Needs To Be Told!
Here is the Ellicium’s inside story that needs to be told! The month of August saw three new entrants at Ellicium. Sharvari, Sujata and Tushar, fresh out of graduation, joined the organization with much anticipation to start their careers.
In order to get them upto speed on the technologies specific to Ellicium’s domain, namely data analysis and data science, a comprehensive two-month training program was devised covering all relevant topics required for them to work on projects. This was essential as, unlike their learning in academia, which although would have been holistic and encompassing several areas of design and computing; they needed to be exposed to tools and languages specific to the work that they would be doing in the organization.
The training was oriented towards getting them up to speed with cutting edge technologies like Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. A week was devoted to each of the topics. Along with this, they also got hands on training on front-end tools like PHP, reporting tools like PowerBI and back-end technologies such as Unix shell scripts, SQL, Python.
The topics were covered by senior Ellicians in a comprehensive manner, who took time out from their busy schedules and designed and conducted great training sessions. There was a good mix of classroom sessions, video-based learning and hands-on assignments. The assignments were a great way for the trainees to try their hand at the newly acquired skills and a means for the trainers to understand how well the training was being imparted.
Besides technical topics, the trainees were also introduced to SDLC and Agile in particular. “Exposing the new employees to methodologies like Agile at this early stage helps them in absorbing and implementing them more efficiently in their projects.” opines Mandar Deshpande, Senior Project Manager at Ellicium, “Introducing them to Agile terminologies using games, creates a lasting impression in their minds.”
A short but very important session on Software Testing was also conducted. The trainees were introduced to all stages of the ‘STLC’.
Additionally, at the end of each month, the trainees were given a project to design, build, test and present to seniors. This was a very important exercise and a great way to introduce them to a project’s development lifecycle. “The entire exercise of designing, developing and testing the system and writing supporting documents like pseudo code and test cases was very helpful for us to understand the workflow in live projects” says Sharvari, a Computer Science Engineering graduate. Although, not all went well during the development of the second project where they faced a number of setup and logical issues, all three trainees put in their 100% and worked hard to see the project to its completion. Ellicium’s Training Lab was a crucial part of this training program. It helped trainees to experiment and test, as much as they wanted to.
In the rigorous period of two months, during which the trainees worked almost all weekends, each discovered his/her area of interest….be it PHP or Python or Hadoop. This was an important factor in deciding their allocation into projects at the end of the training period. A fantastic graduation ceremony was held to mark the end of training; the ceremony was attended by all Ellicians from the Pune Office.
Sharvari, Sujata and Tushar donning their graduation hat!
Ellicium has a strong commitment to continued learning. So despite the conclusion of the formal training program, the trio continue to learn about existing systems through short knowledge transfer sessions by their team members; this will equip them to apply their knowledge into the development of future ones.
Good luck and Godspeed to all three!
All the trainers with graduates!