Nicolas Ferrante

Digital Media Class of 2014

What are you doing now?

I am a DevOps engineer at the Royal Bank of Canada. I am responsible for automating the build, test, and deployment systems in the company.

As a DevOps engineer I work as a bridge between developers and system engineers. My work involves configuring systems and creating tools to set up automation pipelines. These pipelines take the code written by developers and automatically run the process of building, testing, and deploying it across servers.This avoids any human errors during the process and enables faster development/deployment cycles.

Is there something specific you have done since graduation that you are particularly proud of?

I’m particularly proud of how I’m still able to continually grow, learn, and adapt within my respected field. I started off as a developer writing code and made my way over to the business side where I gathered requirements and created Use Case Diagrams. I then navigated over to Quality Assurance (QA) where I tested applications. Currently I am a DevOps engineer configuring systems and creating tools to set up automation pipelines.

How has your experience at York and in the Digital Media program prepared you for what you are doing now?

The Digital Media Program is unique in how it provides students with an appreciation for both the artistic and technical aspects of different forms of digital media, and encourages the broadening of one’s understanding and perspectives.

Most work environments involve the gathering of teams of people with different educational backgrounds and experience, with the goal of executing a multifaceted project. I strongly believe that the Digital Media Program provided me with the skills to be an effective part of a constantly shifting fast-paced environment where I must interact with many different talented individuals on a regular basis. From my experience in this environment in Digital Media, I’ve learned to adapt quickly and learn from other people’s’ strengths and experiences and make them my own.

Do you have any advice for current Digital Media students?

Keep learning! The world of technology is forever changing and the best way to keep yourself relevant and up to date is to make sure you are always open to new experiences and pushing yourself to learn more. Just because you leave school, doesn’t mean learning has to stop there.