From style to information move, on this #ClouderaLife Highlight Margot talks about her profession transition from style design to cloud computing and her co-founding of Cloudera’s Asian American and Pacific Islander group Worker Useful resource Group amid the racial tensions of 2021.
It began with feeling caught and ended with a brand-new profession (BTW, numerous laborious work within the center)
Margot is a software program engineer on the Cloudera Knowledge Circulate Expertise workforce, however for a few decade she labored within the style design business. It was one thing she all the time needed to do, and whereas she loved the work she began to really feel caught. She needed to work in an business that was continually evolving and breaking new floor. “I get quite a lot of satisfaction round continually studying new issues and increasing my perspective,” she stated.
After researching new profession paths all roads pointed towards working with expertise, and particularly cloud computing. She defined, “Whereas most individuals don’t consider style design as technical, quite a lot of the behind-the-scenes work requires using software program instruments and calculations that appealed to my analytical aspect, and I noticed software program growth as one thing that may be match.”
She started her journey by first becoming a member of a full-time coding bootcamp, on the finish of which she participated in a collection of mock interviews. A Cloudera technical supervisor volunteered to conduct these mock interviews and noticed potential in Margot. He referred her to Cloudera college recruiting, which finally led to an interview.
“Whereas the interview course of was easy, I used to be anxious, and at a degree the place I used to be shifting into uncharted territory,” she stated. “I had self-doubt, however I knew that is what I needed.”
“Since I’ve been working at Cloudera, what stands out probably the most is its supportive and collaborative tradition,” she stated. “I got here in inexperienced and felt intimidated by this entire new world of expertise. I had tons of questions and felt comfy reaching out to anybody within the firm for assist. I’ve discovered this to not be the case in my earlier firms.” She added, “The corporate additionally presents coaching alternatives by way of Udemy which were very useful.”
After settling into her function, circumstances got here into play that introduced a brand new journey for Margot.
Racial tensions gave strategy to a group of assist and higher consciousness
Again in 2021, welcome or not, the information appeared to continually stream into our properties. Margot, like most of us, was simply attempting to get by way of one other pandemic yr, when she watched as a narrative unfolded across the mindless taking pictures of six Asian girls in Atlanta. This tragedy, mixed with frequent stories of violence in opposition to Asian Individuals all through the nation, hit residence.
As an Asian American girl, she was searching for a group the place she might categorical her anxiousness and concern about these current occasions and provide assist to others like her. So as soon as once more Margot entered uncharted territory and partnered with Clouderan Ankita Koratkar to type the Cloudera Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Worker Useful resource Group (ERG).
What began as a group of assist round current tragedies grew into a bigger group with a mission to “Associate with Cloudera to empower and assist the various wants of AAPI workers whereas facilitating skilled growth and selling cultural and social consciousness.”
“It’s essential for us to take time to be taught and perceive one another’s tradition and heritage,” Margot stated. “Whereas there are numerous variations, by way of elevated consciousness and ongoing dialogue we additionally discover the commonalities that convey us collectively.”
As an Asian American rising up in California with mother and father of Taiwanese descent, she needed to slot in with American tradition. However as she grew up, she got here to actually respect her heritage.
“What stands out for me probably the most about my tradition is the trait of selflessness,” she stated. “Placing household first earlier than one’s personal wants.” She added, “This carries over to the higher group, when you’ve got the means and talent why not assist?” That is the mindset she brings to her life and work with the AAPI ERG.
Margot continues to create an environment of assist in her group and at Cloudera. Eager about working with others like Margot? Try our present job openings.