Get to know Sarah Oumy

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2022

Portrait of Sarah Oumy

What was your last career change?

Since I arrived in Canada, I have worked as a Graphic Designer and Web Developer in a private company specializing in smart buildings. It was a very rich learning experience where I was able to develop several skills, which led me to join uOttawa as a Web Developer.

What made it successful?

There is no magic recipe for success. It is built by perseverance, dedication and commitment. However, the working environment you’re in contributes a great deal to making the path easier. My team and I work together in total synergy to meet the objectives set for us, and I believe this is what success is.

What was the biggest challenge in adapting to your new role?

In each new experience, there is always an adaptation phase to become familiar with the new work environment, including people and processes. We are constantly learning as challenges always surface, but the will to develop is essential in making it a constructive experience. The management of the university is fully aware of this and has made available the necessary training to be operational.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career change?

You must realize your needs and identify your passion first. By doing so you will immediately step out of your comfort zone. For anyone considering a career change, I would advise setting a professional goal and taking a step back to walk two steps forward. It is never too late for that.

How can colleagues help someone transition into their new responsibilities?

Colleagues are the pillars of the team. A caring team will take care of any new member and do whatever is necessary to make the person feel included. Knowledge transfer is not limited, it can be sharing experiences, past mistakes, and updates on how things were and how they are now. All this helps the person feel fully included.

What do you look forward to in your day?

Every day, I set myself goals. There is nothing more satisfying than putting a check box beside a task that is now done. Delivering quality work comes first to me. Quantity is secondary.

If you were a chocolate bar, which one would you be?

A crunchy, melting, and crispy Ferrero Rocher.

What three items would you bring if you were shipped to a deserted island?

  • A tent
  • A lighter
  • And a fishing net

What gif or emoticon do you use to express yourself?

A man raising his glass


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