Humans@ALTEN: Márcio

Márcio - Humans

Meet Márcio, he is an Embedded Software Engineer at ALTEN. He’s been working for the company for one month, but he already knows of why he chose ALTEN: “is the perfect opportunity for me to grow professionally”.

My name is Márcio. I come from Porto, where I’ve lived my whole life and where I graduated in Electronics and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP). Before joining ALTEN, I have experience working in other companies, where I learnt the skills of many different fields. I have worked as a Software Developer and as a Software Engineer, improving my knowledge in this field. My recent experience has taught me how to develop casino games, such as slot machines and bingo.

What is your role at ALTEN?

I started working for ALTEN on October 28th as an Embedded Software Engineer. Where I did several tasks for the Company to contribute to its growth as well as my own. Some of them were the development of embedded systems, integration in the complete Software Development Life Cycle, work in international projects for some of ALTEN’s most reputable clients, continuous training in both my soft and technical skills…

Why did you choose our company to work?

I chose to work for ALTEN because it was the perfect opportunity for me to grow professionally. Also, to consolidate my skills using software and tools I never had the opportunity to try before. Also, ALTEN allowed me enough time to adapt to the new role and the new reality. I haven’t got an excessive amount of pressure on my shoulders for someone who’s still learning the ropes.

What do you think is the most important technological challenge nowadays?

I think it is the fast-technological evolution. Change can become the Achilles heel of many engineering and consulting firms if they aren’t ready for the new technological advancements. Which require a constant need to adapt to realities which they are unfamiliar with but are inevitably becoming a part of the modern and future society.

Márcio, what are the things you value the most at work?

Values of commitment, trust and teamwork are very important for me personally and professionally. I think that a business can’t evolve without people that don’t believe in it and in what they do. Moreover, trust is essential between the Company and its employees and good cooperation among colleagues.

What are your greatest strengths?

My biggest strength is without any doubt my ability to never give up and to face any challenge. I always keep going until I succeed in reaching my objectives, no matter what! Another one of my strengths is the fact that I’m a very friendly, loyal, honest and genuine person. Someone humble enough to tell others what I think or feel but with respect and empathy, because I want other people to know they can count on me. That I will aid them anytime they need my help or want to talk about something that’s bothering them.

Tell us more about you, Márcio. Do you have any hobbies or talents?

My hobbies sum up basically to listening to music, watching TV, playing computer or videogames and assembling jigsaw puzzles of 1000+ pieces, which is something I have to admit I’m very good at. I used to also play chess as well.

I have a secret passion for music. I write lyrics for songs and I arrange them in my mind, where I imagine melodies and instrumentals. Which express my deepest feelings and my views of the world around me. But even if I can write my own lyrics, I cannot bring the music in my head to life since I don’t know how to play any musical instruments or how to work with a software that can create music.

How would you enjoy a day-off?

On my day-offs, I basically do the same thing I mentioned before. But with the addition that I may eventually hang out with a couple of very close friends I’ve got, either by going out somewhere to eat or to do some activity we enjoy. We play bowling, pool, go to the movies… There are also times I take long walks around the beach pier, natural parks or downtown to clear my head a bit of some of the stress of the day to day work.

What goals do you want to achieve in a short time?

My short-term goal is to learn and assimilate as much knowledge as I possibly can, to specialize myself in one particular area, I preferably Software Development. In which I can write code in a specific programming language and master it, so I can be better prepared and become a viable option for major projects which require someone with advanced skills to integrate a team of highly qualified specialists and I have full confidence I’ll be able to achieve this here at ALTEN.

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