Being part of Publicis Sapient is helping me figure out what I want to specialize in. I am working towards the goal of determining what I really want to do in life and what positive impact I can make on others and the world. My advice for those who want to get into software engineering is to make sure it is something you have a passion for. But I would give that advice to anyone, regardless of what field they are in. Seek out mentors to guide you, and when you start networking, be vocal about your interests because you never know who the other people know. They might have connections in an area you are interested in exploring and it might lead you to your next mentor.
When I think about my inspiration, my mom immediately comes to mind. She has been in the corporate world most of her life and has been subject to people telling her she should be at home with her kids. Before she joined the corporate world though, she and her sisters were welders – another traditionally male role. She is a “Rosie the Riveter” in her own way and instilled that drive and passion in me. She is an example that women can succeed. I am thankful to have had that example growing up to show that it is possible.
By seeing women in technology succeed in a male-dominated industry, I see yet another example of how it is possible to get to a higher point than I am today. To see women as C-level executives at companies that are changing the world – which I did not see many examples of growing up – that is mind-blowing and motivating.