Our Technology Development Program gives you a chance to contribute to innovative projects that will help millions of people live better lives. Combine this with mentoring opportunities that will shape your career, our program will provide you with meaningful purpose. Anjanette L. and Jhernan G. are two of the Technology Development Program associates who have successfully completed the program and now working in their new roles. Read what they have to say about working here at Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, in this interview.
1. What is your current job title and how long have you been with Optum?
Anjanette: My current job title is Associate Applications Developer and I’ve been working here at Optum for almost 1 year and 9 months.
Jhernan: I am an Associate Application Developer and I have been with the company for 1 year and 9 months.
2. In your own words, describe the culture at Optum.
Anjanette: Optum is a great company. I love the work environment where we get the opportunity to build great working relationships with the teams we work with.
Jhernan: Optum has very welcoming culture and a healthy work environment.
3. What do you enjoy most about our culture?
Anjanette: I like that the company cares for its employees. The higher management builds relationships with us and doesn’t treat us as newbies. They treat us as professionals and their equal.
Jhernan: I enjoy the team building and mentorship activities. For example, our manager and team lead encourages us to join technical trainings that will help us at work. They also encourage us to ask what innovative technologies we want to learn so they can prepare trainings. Relationships are important in our team. Every month, we connect outside of work for team bonding activities.
4. What’s the most challenging part of your role?
Anjanette: It would have to be coming up with an innovative and improved system for clients without losing any features that they currently have.
Jhernan: The most challenging part of my role in the team is to adopt the new technologies that are used in the work that I do. In the technology world almost every day there are new technologies that are introduced. You must learn to embrace and study these new technologies for future work.
5. What do you like best about your role?
Anjanette: My dream job is now my career. As a front-end developer, I build websites and applications for the company. It’s exciting to see our ideas come to life. We also get to participate in hackathons.
Jhernan: I have the opportunity to share my ideas; to develop and design a website that will be useful and helpful to other people.
6. How has Optum inspired, or contributed to your community involvement?
Anjanette: Optum offers volunteer and community involvement activities for their employees. Here in the Philippines, we have a team that organizes and plans volunteer and community activities- like blood donation drives that happen every quarter. They also host tree planting activities to help the environment.
Jhernan: Optum taught me how teams work together and how collaboration can help in the work that I do. I learned to communicate, ask questions and share ideas that can help others.
7. Describe how our values have helped contribute to your career growth.
Anjanette: The 5 core values helped me a lot in my career growth, especially the value of relationships. Building relationships plays a key role in my professional development as I get to broaden my knowledge and learn from different kinds of people. The relationships I made across the organization can open doors to new projects and future career opportunities.
Jhernan: Our values, especially innovation, helped my career growth by encouraging me to attend trainings, seminars and activities relevant to my work. I believe one must always be updated on the current trends in technology to help build relevant skills and enhance work performance.
8. What motivates you to be so successful?
Anjanette : What motivates me most is learning new things, which is why I love being on a team. For every project we do, we have different ideas and ways to tackle it. We would all work together to refine those into one final plan. Being open to what others have to say and seeing new and exciting ways people think outside the box keeps me interested in the work I do. This also drives me to further my own education outside of work so I can continue to contribute to the group.
To learn more about our Technology Development Program, click here.