We have a paid Software Apprenticeship Program at Greater Sum and recently hired Chelsea Green onto our team.  We asked her a few questions to get to know her better!


GS: What is your professional background?

I have a degree in Chemistry and spent several years working in biomedical research labs. I have also worked in various other roles, ranging from personal training to technical recruiting.

GS: What is your previous coding experience?

I began coding as a hobby, but quickly started to enjoy it so much that I knew I wanted to be a professional software developer. I interned for a few months with a small startup where I worked on building out features of a Ruby on Rails application. Additionally, I studied online and completed a Udacity nanodegree in iOS development. I worked as a contractor building native iOS applications for a short time before joining the team at Greater Sum.

GS: What excites you about the prospect of becoming a developer?

I love to use logic to solve problems, and I love being creative; software development requires both of these hand in hand. As someone who needs the constant stimulus of having a problem to solve or something new to learn, I know that being a developer is a great career option for me. Building software comes with an endless stream of problem solving, new learning material, and constant changes to keep up with.

Additionally, building tools and applications that I can tangibly see, change, and use is very rewarding. Perhaps the only thing more rewarding than that is knowing that the technology I build will touch many lives, and hopefully help people in some way.

GS: What excites you about the Greater Sum Apprenticeship Program?

To me, one of the most exciting aspects of the program the strong emphasis that is placed on education and growth as a professional developer. We complete readings and exercises in order to understand what makes good code and to learn different patterns and methods of problem solving. Rather than just piecing lines of code together to make something work, I feel I am learning to master this craft, and build valuable software that will last.

In addition to this, we are given the opportunity to work on real world projects as part of our learning. I truly think this is the best method of learning: jump in head first and immerse yourself in the material.

Last but not least, I enjoy how much the program emphasizes teamwork. We mob program daily, and are constantly feeding off of each other’s ideas. Everyone helps one another and provides input to the team. I am excited to act as a mentor and guide to help others, as well as receive this kind of mentorship from my teammates.

GS: What do you do for fun, other than code?

I enjoy cherry picking, playing in the woods, anything related to the gym, boggling, and an occasional zoogle.

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