Sector: Information Technology
Education: High School/direct to work / Workplace Training
Type: Career Profile
Software engineering is a great fit for me because I can never get bored. There are always challenges, problems to solve, and new things to learn. I like getting to use my brain to come up with solutions and make things happen. The fact that someone pays me for that is crazy! I don’t have to waste time with paperwork. I get to understand and build the technology that is such a big part of our lives. Being an introvert makes having the ability to work from home, or sit with headphones on and get stuff done, really comforting as well.
I had no idea what I wanted to do in high school. Most of the time it felt like I was just stumbling along until I finally found my footing in a career I actually enjoy. I tried university and it wasn’t for me. Well it was kind of for me but I didn’t want to spend a tonne of money while I was still figuring out what I wanted to do. So after working in restaurants for years, I took a job as an Educational Coordinator for unionized electricians for a short time. It was as boring as it sounds! I decided to leave and find a place more suited for my personality and ideas. I ended up at a start-up doing technical support. I knew that’s where I wanted to stay, but not what I wanted to keep doing. So I left again, and took a coding boot camp for 2 months and landed my dream job.
Start now. Even if it’s just dabbling, and even if it’s just to find out that you don’t really like it.
I do a whole lot of volunteering and generally avoid physical activities. I often volunteer to teach people to code, and have a student I mentor one-on-one. Anything involving animals or music takes priority when it comes to my free time.
Usually I break things. We all break things, but then I work to figure out why and how to fix them. It’s a whole lot of failing, but it is always worth it when everything works in the end. I work with a team of about 7 people and it’s great to be surrounded by super smart people who are always willing to help.
Being on a back-end development team I work mostly on the features people won’t see. But that’s why it’s important. Sending emails, dealing with databases, search, maintenance and improvements are part of what I work on day to day.
I was born/grew up in: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
I now live in: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
I completed my training/education at: I don't have formal education, but I did take a 2-month coding boot camp and worked really hard
When I was
- Literature and Language Arts
- Other: Construction Tech
- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Liked reading
- Played video games
- Was really creative
- Never wanted to be in the classroom
- Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
- Liked to design or build things