March 22, 2019
by Cristina Grant
Amy Yang is an engineer who shifted from a career as an architect to a career in software development, and also loves exploring the world and making new friends.
I have been a software engineer for 3 years after a career change. Prior to that I have been trained and practiced as an architect for nearly a decade (the kind that builds physical buildings instead of software architect).
I love how software engineering is a collaborative and creative building process - it still blows my mind that you can simply build something, or validate an idea out of (almost) thin air.
Most of all, I am passionate about the community surrounding software engineering that is extremely supportive and empowering in the sense that everyone tries to help each other solve problems in a better way and learn to grow at the same time.
I am into self-improvement and new experiences (like a proper millennial elder).
Some of my hobbies include exploring new neighbourhoods in cities, seeking out worldly authentic new flavours to replicate in my kitchen, endless long hikes, people watching, art binging, podcasts, sketching, traveling, snowboarding, swimming and running!!
I am tremendously inspired by the amazing people at Tes, notably Andy Duncan and Rachel Normand who encouraged me and many others to keep on running and continue to push ourselves to be 'scared but excited', which is best applied to life in general.
In a broader sense, curiosity, learning new things and getting to know people continue to inspire me everyday. There is something you can learn from every single person that crosses your path, and the intersection of different ideas is where the magic is.
Sunrise with the Moais at Easter Island 🗿 and being in the presence of mountain gorillas 🦍at Bwindi Forest in Uganda.
The biggest challenge of being a developer, especially in the ever changing landscape of new emerging technologies, is to stay focused in the direction of your own learning and growth.
Since I am not one of those software engineers who has been writing code since they were born, I still take to heart what my first mentor said to me: 'Be patient and be prepared for a long road of learning and unlearning. The most important thing is to focus on going in the same direction for growth, no matter how long it takes'.
Don't be afraid to appear ignorant, it's the most humble place to connect with others and to learn.
Check out this interview by WIT (Women in Tech) from 2017.