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 and 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?
I support and update legal recovery applications.
What’s the most rewarding thing about your current role?
I know that I can solve challenging issues with our software and team. The business and my manager are grateful for that and they value my work.
How do you keep your skills up to date? What’s the best way to learn new concepts, technologies, programming languages, etc.?
I'm always taking an online course or on some learning path. I also have a list of courses I want to take. I use Codecademy and Udemy courses.
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!