Aubrey Baker

 Aubrey Baker

Software Developer, CQL http://www.cqlcorp.com/

College degree
Bachelor of Computer Science, Michigan Tech
Master of Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics, Virginia Tech

Why she enjoys her work
Every day I get to come into an awesome work environment. The space is open, the people are friendly, and there is a lot of energy! I get to be create and make applications that thousands, if not millions, of people will use. When there are problems with the software (bugs), I get to investigate what is happening and use problem solving skills to come up with and implement the solution. It is a very satisfying feeling to fix bugs, and implement new features in an application.

Seek out experiences. Ask questions. If you don’t know something, that is okay. It wouldn’t be called learning if you already understood everything!

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Mari-Megan Moore

Mari-Megan Moore

UI Designer, Appropos

College Degree

Bachelor of Fine Art, Studio Art, Michigan State University

Why she enjoys her work

I love bridging the gap between design and technology to create experiences that are intuitive and beautiful for the user. I think of web development as just another art medium - its the same push and pull of elements and refining process as painting or drawing.

I love that "work" from me is to create things. 
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Heather Bremer

Application Developer, OST

College degree
Bachelor of Computer Science

Why she enjoys her work
I really enjoy solving problems and figuring out the most efficient way to accomplish my goals.  I especially enjoy the fact that technology is always evolving, so there is always something new to learn. 

Nerds are awesome!

Being different is fun, so don’t be afraid to be yourself and try new things! 

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Robin Cook

Robin Cook

Business Systems Analyst, Spectrum Health

College degree
Bachelors of Business Management

Why she enjoys her work
Technology is exciting and it’s here to stay! I am constantly learning new things about technology. I used to think technology was just computer related, but it is so much more involved.

Do you like playing video games? How about becoming the person who creates the next video game? It’s not all about knowing math or science.

There are some technology career opportunities that just require you to be interested in technology and the rest can be taught.  Job shadowing and interning is a good way to see what technology jobs are available.

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Andrea Hoag

Application Developer, OST

College degree
Computer Science

Why she enjoys her work
I love working in software because I like the challenge and satisfaction of solving problems on a daily basis.  The best part is getting to build things real people will use and to see my creations come to life.

Don't be afraid to try things, be wrong, and break stuff.  The risks of holding back are greater than the risks of failing.
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Becky VandenBout

Front End Developer, Appropos

College degree
B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Why she enjoys her work
I’m a very creative person, and sometimes my mind can get kind of hectic and crazy.  I enjoy coding because it gives me a sense of reassurance that the world isn’t spinning out of control.  If I code this logic, the program will do what I say…most of the time.

Make sure to explore all of the areas of working with the web and technology.  ... Things are only going to get more high tech as time moves on, so by getting into these fields now, you will not only get to witness things like self-driving cars or commercial flights to the moon when they happen, you could be a part of the team creating it.
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Tracey Hemphill-Wright

Application Development Analyst – Software Developer, Support, Spectrum Health

College degree
B.S.Computer Information Systems/Programming, Web Development

Why she enjoys her work
I love being able to help other people use technology. I like being able to create something, using technology.  I like learning about new ways to use technology.

It’s ok to ask lots of questions.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or break a computer.

Ask parents or teachers if you need help or have a question about something new or that you want to learn about.

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Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson

Applications Engineer, Steelcase

College degree
Spanish & Computer Information Systems

Why she enjoys her field
It allows you to be creative and solve problems at the same time. To me, it's always exciting to write some code and then see it in action- doing exactly what I told it to do!

IT is a key piece of almost every business in every industry, so there are infinite opportunities to get involved and contribute to something that's interesting and important to you.

Get an internship as soon as possible so you'll be able to try out multiple things and figure out what you like. Find some excuses to try coding in your free time – follow a tutorial, create a website for a friend, write a smartphone app for fun, or figure out how to automate something you do often on a computer. The possibilities are endless, and they're all fun!

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Erin Cunningham

Erin Cunningham

Application Development Consultant, OST

College degree
BS in E-commerce with a Web Development Specialty

Why she enjoys her work
One of the best reasons for working in the IT space is that we are able to help build solutions for real world company issues.  There are so many areas in our world that can be improved by technical solutions that there are endless opportunities.

My advice would be that if you’re interested in the technical world, try to combine that with another passion of yours.  If you can try to solve technical problems in an area of passion, it will mean that much more to you.
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