What is your professional background?
After getting my degree in biology, I started my career working in the molecular department of a clinical laboratory as a laboratory technician. A few years later, I was promoted to be the team lead of the department where I was able to learn a great deal about leadership. I later joined a different lab as a medical/clinical specialist testing newborns for a rare genetic disorder. In total, I spent almost 10 years in the healthcare field.
What is your previous coding experience?
I first started using Codecademy, writing HTML and CSS. Later, I found FreeCodecamp and started using it more often since it was more challenging.
What excites you about the prospect of becoming a developer?
What excites me the most is problem solving and building things that other people want to use. During my workdays in the lab, I remember the routine repetitive tasks that I was performing and thinking to myself, “there has to be a better way to do this”. I was thinking of automation. I want to help people do things better through technology by programming computers to take care of tasks that can be easily automated.
What excites you about the Greater Sum Apprenticeship Program?
Being in an environment that promotes and actively encourages learning is one of the many things that excites me about the Greater Sum Apprenticeship Program. During the coding portion of the application process, I received feedback that taught me about coding practices that I never knew about. It made me realize how much information that could be categorized as basic information that I didn’t get to learn on my own yet. Plus, during one of my conversations with Mike, the Founding Craftsman, he told me that what he’s done with the apprenticeship program is take everything he’s learned during his first 5 years as a developer and packaged it so an apprentice could digest it within a year. It kind of feels like a shortcut and I love shortcuts, especially when it comes to learning.
What do you do for fun, other than code?
For fun, I like to play pickup soccer, listen to podcasts, read, and watch educational series and documentaries. I also have a habit of binging on Netflix way too many times than I should.