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Navigating Careers in Tech: Software Development

There are so many career paths to discover within STEM, and the responsibilities among tech roles can vary significantly. We’re here to help you find the right fit for your interests and skills. Learn about software development from Publicis Sapient’s Eliza Paradise.

Eliza Paradise
Eliza Paradise

I read an article before my senior year of high school about the lack of women in computer science (CS) and I was immediately interested in exploring the field. I chose it as my major in college after my first CS class and then completed two technical undergraduate internships, my second at Publicis Sapient. I’ve been here ever since!

My day-to-day work as a front-end developer at Publicis Sapient varies. Some days I am developing new components, other days I am working on fixing features that are not working as expected or working on technical tasks, such as writing test cases for our code. I am also passionate about developing accessible code, and I work hard to ensure that our code adheres to accessibility guidelines.

My current project is really cool! We’re helping a large grocery store chain build a health and pharmacy application to integrate with the grocery experience. I’ve mostly been working on the health app, which lets users track health goals, log exercise, manage their nutrition and more. This makes it easier to buy healthy groceries, and users even get grocery coupons for achieving health goals! We recently worked on a large initiative to revamp the health goals, and I was responsible for developing the new features along with my team.

I have felt very supported since my first day, and my teams have all worked to acclimate me to the codebase and support me in ramping up my skills. I’ve been given a lot of autonomy early on and have gotten the chance to work with client stakeholders. My team is also great about giving feedback and recognizing individuals’ accomplishments, which has been crucial to my growth.

Why should you pursue a career in tech?

Tech is such a diverse and rewarding field! In today’s day and age, technology dominates our daily lives. By pursuing a career in tech, you have the chance to shape a wide variety of industries and make a difference for people. I say, if you have any interest in a career in tech, you should pursue it! You don’t need to have all the knowledge, as long as you’re excited and willing to learn.

Eliza Paradise
Eliza Paradise
Associate, Software Engineering

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