Diana worked as an Apprentice for about one year..
What were you doing before MAXX Potential? What drew you to pursue a career in technology?
I was a tech recruiter back in Russia. Because I was surrounded by brilliant technically-minded people, I wanted to work with software to solve challenges and issues with applications, but I was convinced that a woman without a tech degree couldn’t get into the industry. When I moved to the U.S., I started learning to code. I heard there were people who got into the industry no matter who they were, what their background was, or whether they had degrees or not. If they could do it, so could I.
Can you talk about what you’re currently working on? What are some of your job responsibilities?
As an Associate Software Engineer, I develop UI for the bank's business applications using Vue.js and React.js as well as backend using Java and Kotlin.
What’s the most rewarding thing about your current role?
The most rewarding part of my work is seeing my work in Production, and it's even better when stakeholders are happy with the features I developed for them.
How do you keep your skills up to date? What’s the best way to learn new concepts, technologies, programming languages, etc.?
1. I attend events inside our organization and seek out different meetups opportunities. 2. I keep up with what's new in my industry. 3. I network with colleagues, ask them for virtual coffee, and meet them.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to someone early in their IT career or looking to get their start?
If you get frustrated because you can't solve a problem or don't understand a concept or run into a piece of technology that seems too complex, don't worry. Everybody faces that from time to time. The best thing you can do is try different approaches and take baby steps, and eventually, you’ll solve it! Just don't stop believing in yourself!