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Meet Davida!

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer?   Immediately before I became a Software Engineer, I was literally making ice cream for a living – I was the Production Manager at Bluebird Microcreamery, where I made ice cream, managed the retail and wholesale distribution of said ice cream, and also managed their Capitol Hill location. Previous to that, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor, a project manager at a telecom company, a research assistant, a tutor, a barista at…

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Our reflection on recent events

Last week our 5th Cohort of students completed seven interviews over four days. Students have been deeply immersed in learning for the past 6 months and these four days are incredible intense for our students as they push through nerves and anxiety to showcase their skills as a developer. As a school, we understand the need for students to silo their emotions so that they can concentrate on this critical part of their career change, but as humans, we understand…

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Interning at Moz as an Adie

1. Why do you believe the Ada program is good for your company?   Working with the Ada program has made Moz better in several ways: 1.  As Moz engineers work with more Ada interns or graduates, our own engineering culture improves through empathy and recognizing that people come into software and tech from a lot of different backgrounds, and they can learn and contribute and make a difference.  We as engineers get to learn how to encourage and grow…

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Meet Bri!

(Bri winning the “flossy” award at work! “The floss is a award my team hands out once a week to a person who looks particularly ‘flossy’ (the definition of ‘flossy’ is based on the whims of the person who currently holds the floss.)”) 1. What were you doing before you were a software engineer?   This is my third career!  I moved to Seattle to get my M.S. in Atmospheric Science.  I worked for the National Weather Service (offices in both Phoenix,…

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Meet Sue!

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer?  Since I was born, I was expected to become a medical doctor. Most of my reading material during childhood was medical literature and National Geographic. I studied biochemistry at the University of Iowa, while working in two different research labs and also as a restaurant server. Being from rural Indiana (think corn, meth, and Amish community-adjacent), I hadn’t heard of “software engineering” until my junior year of University. I…

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Meet Blake!

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer? Before I became a software engineer, I was a high school teacher— I mostly taught English 12 and a bit of Spanish 1. 2. Where are you currently working and what do you do? I currently work at Estately, where I work on all parts of the codebase. 3. What’s your favorite part of your job? I love that at my job I have opportunities to refactor legacy code…

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Interning at Zillow as an Adie

  Why do you believe the Ada program is good for your company?   Zillow is committed to creating more opportunities for hiring women into technology roles. Ada is a great partner that produces professional, and technically skilled women, who have proven successful in a fast-paced, technically challenging environment. Can you describe what your intern’s first day looks like?   First day included some typical company orientation administered by HR. Then we did some introductions and space orientation. We performed…

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Meet Christina!

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer? My career prior to Ada was in sports marketing. My last “real” job was marketing and promotions assistant at the Orange Bowl Committee in Miami. However, immediately before Ada I was working random jobs (i.e. tutoring, retail, and a fill in front desk job) to pay the bills while I followed the trail that learning to code would inevitably lead me to. Working in the sports industry was cool…

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Interning at EnergySavvy as an Adie

Why do you believe the Ada program is good for your company?   The ability to attract outstanding tech talent is one of our greatest challenges. Ada has allowed us to do that while increasing the diversity of our workforce, making our company better and more productive overall. To quote Ed Lazowska, Chair of CSE at the UW, “Software design is inherently a creative process, and we all bring our own perspectives. If we have a diverse workforce, we will…

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Meet Crystal!

1. What were you doing before you became a Software Engineer?  Bug-related things. And by bugs I mean insects, not software bugs. I worked as an entomologist studying the evolutionary biology and taxonomy of soapberry bugs. I also worked on mosquito and tick repellent efficacy trials. That brought me to the CA Department of Public Health where I helped coordinate the state’s West Nile virus surveillance program. But since all science relies on a) data, and b) an audience, I…

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