Hi, Could you introduce yourself?
Hi, My name is Anna Jimenez. I was born and raised in Russia (Siberia). I moved to the United States 10 years ago.
I currently live in New York with my husband David and our dog Bella. I’m a lead developer at BNYMellon at the NYC location. When I’m not working, you can find me snowboarding during the winter and running throughout the city during the summer.
What are you working on?
I’m working in the data engineer and monitoring department. We provide a lot of interesting and innovative solutions within the bank. I'm currently working on multiple projects, my main ones are a system monitoring application and automation system application. Aside from my projects I recently started to study for the Oracle Associate Java SE 8 Programmer certification and MongoDB Developer certification.
How did you get into your current field?
I always liked web development, I built my 1st website when I was 13 years old. But in Russia, 10 to 15 years ago no one would have ever thought that a girl can be a programmer. So I never thought about it as a career and web development was more like a hobby for me. So when I had to choose what degree to pursue in Russia, I decided to study linguistics. I studied English and German and received my bachelor/masters degree in linguistics.
After I moved to the United States, I couldn't find myself for some time until I eventually decided to go back to school and this time to pursue something I was really interested in. I received my bachelors in CIS from Baruch College and I think this was one of the best decisions I made in my life.
After I graduated Baruch college I started to work as a UI/UX analyst at a global consulting firm. As much as I love UX, I was always interested in front end development and one day one of our clients needed a UX designer and front end developer, I quickly jumped on this opportunity and eventually became a front end developer. At that point there were only a few people in the north-east region who could do UX and Front end . It’s funny how senior people called us unicorns within the team. After 2 years working as a front end developer I decided that I want to be a fullstack developer. I left my job to take a java course which eventually led me to my current role.
What are your goals?
I want to learn more about enterprise architecture and become a good leader. My first manager influenced me a lot and I would have never gotten enough courage to be where I am today without his support. I hope one day I will be able to do the same for someone in the next generation.
Do you have a mentor?
I currently don’t have an official mentor. But I have a few people who I reach out for advice.
Do you mentor anyone?
No, since I recently moved into a new role, I don’t have time for it. But I do talk to a lot of people on my instagram page. So if anyone needs advice feel free to DM me there or send me an email..
If Leaders show examples and promote diversity in their teams it will bring more female talent
What could the tech industry to do better foster female talent?
I think first of all everyone should understand that there is a big gap between men and women in the tech industry and that it is a problem. I noticed there are many initiatives to make the tech industry more diverse and geared towards females but many are not enough. Tech industry is still male dominated and they are the first who should change their attitude towards their co workers. We are all equal and every person's opinion is very important and unique. I also think it has to come from the leadership. If Leaders show examples and promote diversity in their teams it will bring more female talent as well. Leaders have to take more of an active role to have a visibly direct impact that promotes change and keeps it going throughout the lifetime of the company. It's easy to create temporary change but it takes passion to create change that goes on indefinitely.
What advice would you give to people getting into your field?
Don't be afraid to try something new and stay positive.The beauty of the technology that you can always move around and change between roles if you like something more. As long as you are a good teammate, working hard people will appreciate you and give you a lot of opportunities. Tech skills can be taught, but a person's attitude is very hard to change.
What’s the best and worst advice you have received?
If you do not understand how technology works build it from scratch! This is one of the reasons you can find me constantly working on my personal projects :)
I will never forget when a recruiter tried to convince me that I'm not worth my previous salary. He advised me to lower my salary 20% to get the job. He said I got lucky to get what I was getting previously. 1 month later I got a job with a 15% increase of what I was already making! Never lower your salary unless the company or job is really worth it. Listen to people who you trust, many recruiters will never understand how much engineers work.You worth every penny you make and more!
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?
I write tutorials on medium @anna.tech and share mini tutorials and my thoughts about programming on instagram @anna.tech
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