Developing my career with Adobe, one role at a time

Adobe Senior Software Engineer, Ankita Wankhede. In this photo she is smiling while in an Adobe office.

Here at Adobe, we have some of the best talent in the world and we are committed to helping them grow. From developing new skills, building relationships, and sharing unique perspectives and experiences, careers at Adobe can span many roles and teams, and we encourage all employees to explore new roles across the business.

When Ankita Wankhede started here in 2019, she worked on predictive audiences under Adobe Marketo Engage. After its successful go-live, she joined the Adobe Experience Platform team, developing and integrating the Marketo Engage application on the Adobe Experience Platform for our B2B and B2C customers.

She drove engineering tasks and was responsible for end-to-end automation and quality of the product, which involves architecting end-to-end test development, data ingestion, test execution and additional technical tasks. And since then, she’s been able to grow into a senior engineering role. Learn more about her experience and how she’s been able to grow her career with Adobe.

How have you expanded your impact and honed your skills at Adobe?

Early in my career, I started as a software engineer and worked hard to take on more responsibility and gain product knowledge. Adobe's LinkedIn Learning, on-job learning and using tools like Azure Databricks, Vault, Ethos, Adobe Experience Platform, Apache Airflow, Data Analytics helped me keep up to date on my skills and learn new ways of working.

With my peers' support and encouragement, I recently enrolled in an Executive MBA program at Ottawa University, concentrating on data analytics. Adobe’s Learning Fund is helping to financially support my growth, and I believe this program will help me better understand data analytics and business management.

In addition to pursuing stretch opportunities, I have continuously had open discussions with my leadership teams around my professional and personal goals and track them through our quarterly Check-in conversations. Through these discussions, I created a career path that aligned with my personal growth and my team's needs. Adobe’s development programs helped me create a plan and keep my career growth goals on track.

What advice do you have for women in IT looking to make their next career move at Adobe?

In my personal and professional opinion, Adobe is an excellent place for women, and leadership is considerate and helpful in all phases of life. Your professional achievements will be taken into account, rather than your gender. I was promoted when I was eight months pregnant and about to go on my six-month maternity leave.

My advice is, create a plan and account for your career, and personal goals, then set a timeline that can help you stay on track. Revisit every few months and see what you’ve accomplished and where you may need to be flexible.

What is one word you would use to describe your experience at Adobe, and why?

Adept is what I feel aptly describes Adobe. Be it creativity in building some of the most innovative products or socially by elevating voices and important issues. Adobe, for me, has been an all-inclusive environment where I can be social, work with some of the best talent, and develop some incredibly innovative products. We set ourselves apart by continuously driving toward excellence in developing products, culture, and experiences.

Recently I shared a post on LinkedIn about my experience at Adobe and I am completely overwhelmed with the positive response I am getting, having gotten 1.5+ million views and more than 39,000 reactions!