[Career Conversations] John Shahabian

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Welcome to our employee spotlight blog series – Every other month we will feature a Q&A from one of our top employees at Educe Group. This month we are featuring John Shahabian, Associate and Web Developer at Educe Group.

What do you do in your day-to-day role?

Currently, I spend about one hour a day meeting with co-workers and external clients to go over the progress on the two apps I’m currently working on. Additionally, I review app proposals that people submit, and I work through the data logic in order to give an estimate LOE. Lastly, I spend up to one hour a week checking old projects and maintaining servers.

What skills does your current job require? How have you mastered those skills?

Developing applications requires three things:

1.) The ability to code: Coding itself requires nothing but time and practice although I don’t have all the answers. Over the years I’ve learned effective means to search for solutions and have a list of trustworthy blogs/resources I know to produce quality content.

2.) Problem solving/strategic planning: Applications need to work in specific ways to look good and provide a fluid user experience. Often I’ll need to combine and condense multiple resources to do this in the most efficient way. That road has problems at each turn and requires foresight to minimize those bumps. Honestly, planning strategy games is an amazing way to grow this skill.

3.) Focus: App development requires the ability to think of a system holistically and have all the variables in mind when creating each individual piece. Personally, coding is more productive in long stretches as opposed to short spurts. Every time you stop you have to get familiar with everything again. Playing longer strategy games, i.e., Monopoly, Risk and Settlers of Catan helps me master this skill.

What advice would you give to others working in Educe Group about how to succeed in the organization?

Work hard. Our clients trust people that work hard and show results. I’ve had project go past deadlines and clients are understandably nervous. However, they feel more comfortable knowing you’re working around the clock to make things happen. Remember, our work doesn’t just reflect Educe; It also impacts the reputations of the people we work with in their respective company.

What project/s are you most proud of?

Every project is different and each presents unique challenges. While I’m pleased with every project I work on, I would say my work with BJC HealthCare is my proudest. It’s the largest project I’ve built to date, and it incorporates code from previous projects: Each piece of the project works synergistically to provide a function that Saba doesn’t currently do.

“Work hard and provide value to clients. We’re all on the same team. If they succeed, we succeed.”

How do you successfully build relationships with clients?

Work hard and provide value to clients. We’re all on the same team. If they succeed, we succeed.

What do you feel sets us apart from other consulting firms?

Our professional ability to communicate with clients allows us to form a strong bond. It’s this trust that makes clients think, “Hey, we have a need, and I believe Educe can make it happen.” This is apparent in the fact that companies ask us to tackle projects outside of our wheelhouse.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?

  • My dog, Ody, rated the world’s most handsome Basset Hound
  • Lifting weights
  • Exploring new coffee shops
  • Playing board/video games
  • Cooking

 

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