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People Behind the Brand: Thai Silvera

Jun 17, 2022
People Behind the Brand: Thai Silvera

In today's People behind the brand, the blog series where you get to know the humans of Orbis, we sit down with senior consultant Thai Silvera. 

Read on for some insightful takes on the importance of authenticity, the latest in DevOps and Cloud, and Thai’s observations on Diversity & inclusion and creating a great office culture.

What's the best part of the job?


Growing up, I’d always been around a range of people from different backgrounds and cultures, and I loved it. The perspective you gain when you can step out of your comfort zone is great.

That’s why I enjoy what I do so much, I’m able to meet and speak with a range of people while advancing their careers with opportunities they may not have heard about otherwise. 

What's the biggest challenge?

Appreciating that burnout is a real thing. 

In recruitment there are bad days, it’s inevitable. It took me a while to appreciate that some days, the best thing to do is reset and try again tomorrow as opposed to overcompensating by doing more and getting nowhere.  

What’s something you wish you’d known at the start of your career?

You can’t be anything other than authentic. I think for a lot of young recruiters there’s a temptation to copy what the top billers are doing (I know I did). However, I was able to find a style that suits me and everything started to fall into place. 

In another life... If you weren't a recruiter, what would you be doing? 

Travelling the world and attempting to become a chef. 

Talk to us about DevOps and Cloud, what’s the latest, and what appeals to you about these markets?

DevOps & Cloud is busier than ever right now. The Pandemic has been hard for everyone, but one of the silver linings could be the shift we’ve seen in business and working culture.

It’s evident that remote working works. With this comes a massive need for cloud & DevOps capabilities. Most large global businesses have also committed to more holistic strategies as the benefits are huge! 

DevOps & Cloud are the future, and being immersed in that is very exciting. 

You’ve been involved with our internal conversations about Diversity & Inclusion as well as adding your voice to content surrounding this kind of theme. What progress have you seen in the workplace, and where do we need to focus our efforts the most in order to move forward?

Discourse & representation. I think for D&I these are the two most important things and progress has been made. People are more willing to share their stories and in turn, others can learn. This wouldn’t be possible without representation. If the workplace isn’t a blend of cultures, ideologies, backgrounds, & ethnicities, the opportunity to learn and gain perspective is hard.

Moving forward, we need to continue to challenge the status quo and push for standards that are inclusive.

Describe a good recruitment office culture and how to make colleague relationships both fun and effective.

I think a good recruitment office culture is one where diversity & trust is championed.

In terms of colleague relationships, I think the saying “treat others how you want to be treated” is apt. So far, it’s served me well and I’ve made some friends for life as a result.

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