“I can’t think of anything I’ve done that I’ve been more proud of.”
By Tim Spring
Learning new skills in a new industry and technology is always good for growth, both personally and professionally. It’s particularly important for those in college to be able dip their toes into different worlds off campus and get a sense of the kind of work they want—or don’t want—to pursue in life.
Indicio is committed to finding and cultivating the next generation of technical and business professionals through our part-time Associates Program. Associates work side-by-side with experienced staff on all our key projects. It’s an intense learning experience with a ton of opportunities to learn new skills and take on responsibilities. Our unique position as an early-stage startup means there is much to do and our associates quickly get to see the impact of their work.
It is not uncommon for new associates to be given a crash course on decentralized identity, maybe some relevant exercises to bring them up to speed, and then have them working on client projects within a week or two of accepting an offer. The team is, of course, always behind them to help with the quick transition and any questions they might have, but we believe our associates have what it takes to fix any problems a client may experience, and to interact with them to ensure our reputation for customer satisfaction at every step of the way.
Specifically, this year saw the implementation of a more structured 90-day review and mentorship program that we are particularly excited about.
While mentorship programs are fairly common, at Indicio we don’t require our associates to stay inside their team and, in fact, we encourage them to experience other parts of the business. An associate on the technical team might have a mentor in finance to give them a more well rounded view of the business and help with their career development.
We hold 90-day reviews so associates and their managers can mark progress towards more long term goals and provide a chance for the associate to both receive and give feedback on the program.
What former Indicio associates say about their experience
“I’ve appreciated the balance of challenge and support I’ve received as an Indicio associate. I’ve been able to work on client projects, take ownership of my tasks, learn new technical skills, and more with the help of a mentor and a team who is happy to answer questions and help out with issues.” — Char Howland, Software Engineer, Indicio, former associate
“My associate experience at Indicio has been phenomenal. Initially, I was a little nervous; this was my first time programming for work rather than just for school. Beyond that, it was my first “office job” and my first time working from home. A few weeks into the program, after I’d gone through the orientation and trainings, I was given what turned out to be my favorite project I’ve ever worked on. Without going into too much detail, I was given a very basic structure and some project requirements and told to get to work. Of course, the team was super willing to offer help and guidance when I ran into snags, but in large part, I was given responsibility for the project. I’ve been working on that project as time permits ever since, and there’s always more to polish and update with it, but the bulk of the project is functional and working smoothly. I can’t think of anything I’ve done that I’ve been more proud of.” — Micah Peltier, Software Engineer Associate
In the coming year, we’ll be running more events for associates, so they can get to know each other better outside of client projects; we’ll be providing more professional development, so that we can help associates structure and progress in their careers; and, critically, we’ll be giving them the time to find, develop, and work on a passion projects.
If you are interested in becoming an Indicio associate keep an eye on our careers page!