My boyfriend at the time was a software developer for Sephora. Through him, I learned about the tech industry, and it was interesting to realize the sort of impact his work had on improving the user shopping experience. He also shared about the typical tech company working culture – laid-back, less hierarchical – and it sounded like an industry that aligned with my views and beliefs. I was also taking a basic Python course so that also sparked my interest in technology.
Pivoting to an entirely new industry was tough. Journalism and traditional print media were all I knew so when I first joined the tech industry, the learning curve was pretty steep.
It took me a while to adapt to the tech company culture and there was just so much I didn’t quite understand, but I truly enjoyed learning all about it. The first startup I worked at ended up folding but it gave me such an invaluable experience.
I also think that is the beauty of working in the tech industry. Things move really fast; it’s really exciting, but the people are usually humble, open to collaboration, and are so motivated. For example, at ExpressVPN, the developers I’ve collaborated with work on such amazing things, yet remain so humble and will patiently explain concepts to me.
Hopefully somewhere with a lot of cats! I kid!
In five years, I hope to be at a more senior level in my career, enjoying the work I do, and working on something that continues to positively impact people’s lives. I hope, as well, to be an inspiration for other women in the tech industry and volunteer my time even more to such groups.