Dev Manager, Analytics (FinTech)
Subject area(s) of study:
- Application Architecture
- Technical Project Management
What prompted you to chose your career path, and when did the door first open?
My first two years of college I bounced around in various Liberal Arts majors. The summer before my junior year I took a computer science course to fill a requirement. I happened to have the one woman professor in the department, and after two weeks she pulled me aside and told me, "You're going to switch majors. We need more women in the field, you're going to be great at this, and you'll make a ton of money." I took her word and never looked back.
Possible career paths based on Kelly's subject area(s) of study:
- Software engineering
- Application architect
- Project management
What are a few networking events, channels you'd recommend?
- Women Who Code
- Grace Hopper Conferences
- Six Degrees Society
- High Tea Talks
- Ellevate (specifically Squads)
- Get involved in volunteering - Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, tons of others.
- Also, stay involved in non-career activities. For instance, I've met a bunch of networking connections playing softball!
Kelly's Picks: more resources & materials to help get you to the next step...
- Hire Tech Ladies has consistently strong webinars, highly recommend
- Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
- The Phoenix Project
- The Morning Brew newsletter if you're interested in finance and/or technology - lots of cool topics and news to follow up on
- Consider taking an in-person or online course like Grace Hopper Coding Bootcamp or Code Academy
What certificates or degrees do you recommend for someone pursuing a career in IT?
Bachelors in Computer Science, potentially a Series 7 (General Securities Representative Exam) for finance