Do you “have a case of the Mondays”? Well, I have the cure: it’s time to meet another great new team member. Please give a warm Devolutions welcome to Raphaël Larivière, Software Developer.
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
I was born in a small village called Ste-Mélanie in the north of Lanaudière, where I was raised on a farm. My mother and grandfather have always worked with the fabulous element that we call wood, and this passion has been shared with me since I was a child. So, I developed skills in wood carving and trained in cabinet making. But the working conditions are very difficult, and I did not see myself making a career in this field. Making wooden gifts for my family and friends is more than enough for me to stay interested in this artistic field.
As I began my studies in CEGEP, I fell in love with the arts, humanities and social sciences where I explored theater, literature and sciences such as psychology and history. It was there that I realized that I could never be satisfied with just one area of knowledge. I eventually began studying philosophy at university, as I felt that exploring the fundamentals of my thinking was a good place to start to discover my future path. I then developed a deep interest in the natural sciences. That is when I shifted to mathematics, which eventually led me to computer science — a much more concrete field in which I am currently completing my bachelor's degree. And I am very happy to have discovered this path since it stimulates both my creativity and my analytical side. In short, it is the best of both worlds.
What would you say is your biggest achievement?
It is hard to say, because I have many. But what connects them all is having the chance to meet so many extraordinary people who have always taught me something new for my personal development across my personal, academic and professional journey — including my wife who is an exceptional person, and who has supported me throughout the years.
What was it about Devolutions that made you want to work here?
My cousin was working at Devolutions when I was studying computer science. He strongly encouraged me to take the plunge into this field, and I was very impressed by what he had to say about the company and the working conditions offered to the employees — especially for a company that is located outside of a major downtown area. In fact, whenever someone talked about Devolutions, I heard nothing but positive things, and that motivated me a lot during my studies. I must admit that my main goal was to get the opportunity to do my internship here during my university studies. My cousin facilitated an introduction to our CEO David Hervieux, and he kindly and generously offered me an internship. Let us just say it was a very exciting day for me!
What would you say are your top three strengths at work?
I think my sociability and my sense of diplomacy makes me a pleasant team member. I am also always ready to learn and improve, which is important in a field like computer science, which is constantly evolving and involves so many areas of knowledge. I find this very challenging and motivating.
What tasks do you carry out in your job, and what are some of the tools you use?
I am a member of the Lucid team that deals with, among other things, the management of our users' data and logins at Devolutions. We work with many languages to develop our various solutions, such as Rust, Angular and C#. I use the JetBrains suite, as well as Visual Studio as IDE for development.
What is your impression of working here?
I started working for Devolutions in the middle of a pandemic in the summer of 2020, and even though most employees were working from home, I was able to build strong bonds with my team and other colleagues who supported me throughout my orientation. The management is exceptional, and the conditions offered to me and the transparency of the company will always amaze me, even during a pandemic. I am constantly impressed by the many efforts that everyone here makes to improve the atmosphere and our work conditions within the company. Devolutions is not only a company that stands out, but also sets the standard for a healthy and stimulating experience at work.
What goals would you like to achieve at Devolutions?
I have not thought too far ahead yet, but let us just say that in the short and medium term, I would like to master the knowledge related to my team's responsibilities and accumulate experience as a developer. I also look forward to sharing some insights that are rooted in my atypical background.
On a personal note, what are some of your hobbies and interests?
I am very curious. That is why I have many hobbies and interests, and I discover new ones every year. Here are a few of them: climbing, photography, astronomy, video games, art, philosophy, politics, music, hunting, board games and most recently chess.
Please share a few words with our community of IT pros:
I am very happy to be part of the community, and to share my multidisciplinary vision within the Devolutions family. I hope to make a meaningful worthwhile contribution to the IT world, which is rich in knowledge, innovation and discovery.