Sylvia Avendano

Business & Integration Architecture Senior Analyst

Detroit, Michigan


"The Technology Returnship Program has allowed me to unleash my technical skills and learn new technologies and, most importantly, boosted my confidence and self-esteem."

How I put change in motion

As a Business & Integration Architecture Senior Analyst and Quality Assurance Tester, I work with oil companies to ensure high-quality products. I act as a detective, looking for flaws and possible improvements in applications. When the software is error free and in optimal condition, I give the green light that it’s ready for the end user.

I spent 12 years building a career as a software engineer and business analyst, and then in 2011, we relocated to the United States due to my husband's work. I stepped away from my professional life and focused on caring for my family. When my son graduated from high school, I felt it was the right time to return to the labor force.

I recently relaunched my career through the Technology Returnship Program. With a 10-year gap in my resume, I had some insecurities and doubts about my professional opportunities. The Technology Returnship Program has allowed me to unleash my technical skills and learn new technologies and, most importantly, boosted my confidence and self-esteem.

Now I’m doing work like my recent Microsoft Azure DevOps project, working in scrum to develop an application to help a client manage inventory and store operations. It was a success and we exceeded the client's expectations.

Learn more about the Technology Returnship Program or Technology Careers.

A day in my life

Here is what a day in my work life might look like:

  • Check the sprint board to identify if anything has been deployed or is ready to test and set priorities.
  • Attend daily stand-up meetings with the scrum team to discuss the project's progress.
  • Design and execute test cases: read requirements, write test cases, conduct functional testing, troubleshoot testing failures, detect logs and report program bugs and glitches.
  • Attend scrum meetings: planning, retrospective, refinement, review.
  • Learn test tools and approaches.
  • Attend Technology Returnship Program biweekly meeting. Staying connected with everyone in the program helps me continue to grow, personally and professionally.
  • Participate in Accenture activities like the U.S. Women's Employee Resource Group. It’s an excellent support resource for professional development. I love the well-being webinars that help me learn to balance my personal and professional life.

When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family and friends, doing yoga, meditating, and reading. My favorite book is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho; one of my favorite quotes from the book: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“If you’re pursuing a career in technology, my advice is to be curious and ask yourself, ‘What if…’”

My advice

The best lesson I've learned is to ask questions. The sooner you raise your hand to ask a question, the better. People at Accenture love to help, and there is always someone to ask for guidance. It gives me a sense of constant support and confidence.

If you’re pursuing a career in technology, my advice is to be curious and ask yourself, “What if…” Looking at things from different perspectives will offer a broad spectrum of potential solutions.

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