When I’m not programming you can usually find me learning languages, reading and traveling. I’m a Product Engineer at Hubble working on the international platform.
Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role
Did you ever sit down and plan your career?
I can’t say I started thinking formally about my career until recently. When I started getting into programming it was just for fun and I didn’t really know anyone on the field or working in IT at the moment so I wasn’t even aware of the possibilities. For the most part after that I was open to new ideas and opportunities that would come my way and luckily for me I think it worked out pretty well and it got me some interesting experience. Recently I’ve been thinking about what I want to do more purposefully and started generating change to get there. It’s been working great, mostly because it never felt forced.
Have you faced any challenges along the way?
Yes. Impostor syndrome is a pretty big thing for me, and it’s the same for every woman I meet in the industry. It’s harder when your professional environment lacks diversity and you really feel like the odd one out. I’ve been working a lot on it and trying not to let it spoil my energy but the majority of days it’s a conscious effort. It helps a lot right now that Hubble has such an amazing culture, and I’m really having a good time coming to work.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
I think it was being self-taught even without knowing anything about the industry at first. And more recently, making the leap and moving alone from the other side of the world. I’m very proud about that as well and happy with the decision.
What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?
Always being open to the different opportunities that present themselves along the way and trusting my gut.
How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?
I love mentoring. I’ve worked as a teacher for some time and got to help a lot of people when they were just starting out. It’s a very rewarding experience for me and I recommend it. And I think it works both ways, both the mentor and mentee always get something out of it. One of the greatest things about working in tech is being able to form part of such an active community, there’s always an event you can go to to meet people and learn from each other.
If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?
I think it’s important for companies to take an active role in trying to get more equality in the work place, and it’s not just about hiring more women. I think it’s amazing how far we’ve come by now but there’s still so much to do, especially regarding mothers in the workplace. We also need to hear more about different personal experiences, because these are endless and it’s always a bit easier when you can see yourself in someone that’s already where you want to be in the future. Sharing experiences inspires us and makes us feel less lonely.
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?
To not doubt myself and my own capabilities, and to be more assertive about what I want. To be able to walk away if I don’t think I’m in the right place. But overall to always try to have fun with what I do. At the end of the day, it’s important to be comfortable and work in meaningful projects.
What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?
My move was very recent so I’m very focused on building my new life here. I also want to be useful within my team and company, learning more about back end development (as I’ve always worked in the front end) and developing new ideas to improve our product are my main goals right now.