From as far as I can remember, I was always interested in computers, which translated to my intense desire to become a software engineer. I started my career in software engineering when I was admitted into North Carolina State University (then matriculated into computer engineering 18 months later). After graduating, I entered the industry as a QA engineer. After some successes and failures, hard work, and a lot people looking out for me, I landed my first full-time software engineering role a few years later.
Now, I’m a professional software engineer who has spent the past 10 years really trying to understand the entire profession, where I fit in, and where can I make my mark.
- What parts of the stack do I enjoy operating in?
- What types of problems do I enjoy solving?
- What kinds of cultures and teams do I enjoy working with the most?
- What organizations and missions am I really passionate about?
I’ve bounced around quite a bit during this phase. In hindsight, it’s been really effective in helping me answer the questions I posed earlier. I haven’t always been successful. There are failures that I’ve learned a ton from that helped form how I operate as a software engineer and leader today. I was fortunate enough to have had many successes. I have had the opportunity to work on a wide array of products, solve a bunch of problems, and wrote code that:
- Transacted millions of dollars for small and medium businesses
- Facilitated millions of hours of podcast listening
- Crawled hundreds of thousands of webpages for archival purposes
More importantly, I’ve had a lot of fun and have gotten opportunities to work with some incredible people. Finally, I know exactly what my lane is. (my purpose, my passion, and my drive). Figuring that out has proven to be one of the most important milestones of my career thus far, now I can really hit the gas.
What is my lane?
Simply put, become a world-class, team-oriented software engineer who builds products that matter and leave a positive imprint on my community. It’s equally important that I become a world-class software engineering leader who fosters a diverse and inclusive environment that engineers from all backgrounds and walks of life can thrive in.