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 was initially building software and tools used for reporting and analysis of data in their medical records and financial systems. Part of my job was to automate previously labor-intensive tasks allowing users to build their own custom ad-hoc reports.
I have used Microsoft technologies like SQL Server and Visual Studio VB.NET and ASP.NET to build Windows and web-based software. I also worked with a small team of hospital IT staff who provided help desk support, as well as maintained the hardware, software and telephones, networking equipment, and even medical devices around the hospital.
Currently, I am a full-time Application Administrator at Tyler Technologies and work remotely.
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 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.