I’m a chemical engineer with experience in process control. As with many Houstonians, I moved here for the oil and gas industry but I’ve learned that I need a challenge to remain interested in my work. Process control has taught me that my passion lies in coding, so I’m switching gears to pursue software engineering.
Having worked in a technical role for quite some time I have come to realize that possessing the technical skills is only half of what makes for an effective engineer. Often the "soft skills" are the ones are most lacking and can make all the difference. So rather than listing technical skills (check out the portfolio for that) I'll highlight some of the "soft skills" that I have been praised for.
For me, work ethic is primarily comprised of integrity and perseverance. I define integrity as being transparent and dependable--no guesswork, no reading between the lines. And for me, perseverance pushes me through those times when even the slightest amount of progress requires momentous effort. Work ethic is more than drudging along; it’s commitment to the process and the final product.
I know, it may seem cliché but there is a reason that communicatoin is always listed in job postings. Communication is essential when working with someone across the globe or across the hall. I have worked with remote teams in India and Saudi Arabia across cultral barriers and time zones and have found that one of the keys to good communication is simply listening. Slowing down to fully digest what someone is saying saves everyone a ton of time.
Great communciation only starts with listening. When it is time to speak up it is critical to know the audience and be able to deliver information that is tailored, concise and to the point. Taking a moment to stand in the other person's shoes can provide for a conversation that is beneficial for myself as well as the technical team member, customer or corporate stakeholder.
Even as a child, I had a strong desire to learn; my fifth-grade hobbies included learning Java. I really enjoy being challenged by new concepts and unfamiliar ways of thinking. I love figuring out the why behind the how, and I get excited when dozens of intricacies click and I understand something new—that eureka moment. Once I’ve wrapped my mind around a new concept, I weave it in with what I already know to find innovative and efficient solutions to difficult problems.
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