CIRCUITS OF SUCCESS
I studied Computer Science and Management at Thomas College in Waterville, ME.
In 2014, I started as a software developer at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine. My job is initially building software and tools used for reporting and analysis of data in their medical records and financial systems. Part of my job is to automate previously labor-intensive tasks allowing users to build their own custom ad-hoc reports.
Currently, I am using Microsoft technologies like SQL Server and Visual Studio VB.NET and ASP.NET to build Windows and web-based software. I also work with a small team of hospital IT staff who provide help desk support, as well as maintain the hardware, software and telephones, networking equipment, and even medical devices around the hospital.
My previous job was with a software development team consisting of developers, testers, managers, tech writers, researchers, and a few other roles. I primarily worked on a Windows program that companies use to file their sales tax returns, think TurboTax for sales tax.
I worked in a small, 12-person remote office in Presque Isle, ME, and worked with a larger office in Massachusetts. I also had some co-workers in India. It has been both a challenge and a great learning experience working with remote co-workers. We used Windows, .NET, visual studio, and SQL Server databases for our development.
I love the challenge of problem solving and building something that makes someone else’s job life easier. This applies to both jobs mentioned above, especially my most recent job, where I save people time, effort, and subsequently, money every day.
Because Maine is where I want to be. While it can be more difficult to find technology jobs in Maine, especially in Northern Maine, I will do everything I can do to stay here.
I also am a big believer in a work/life balance. This career, so far, has allowed me to have a healthy balance, where I can earn a living and still have time to enjoy what this state has to offer, and stay close to family.
I always liked computers growing up and knew that was a career field that I would enjoy, but did not have a lot of experience with taking them apart or programming until I went to college.
I went for Computer Science because I knew I could get a well-rounded education and figure out which areas I was more interested in. I did two internships, both of which were with software development companies, which gave me the opportunity to explore more areas of development and some IT work.
Eventually I gravitated more towards software development and ended up getting a job a year after college at the second company that I did my internship with.
In addition to internships and networking, finding colleagues and mentors to bounce ideas off of and finding ways to give back have all helped me to get where I am today. It is important to both continue to develop your technical and professional skills. Networking and volunteering can be great ways to do both. I have gotten involved in local professional networking groups, and volunteer my time and talents for some local organizations.